When a patient undergoes a surgical procedure, there is always a danger that something unexpected will go wrong, potentially endangering their health or even life. However, most patients tend to assume that this type of risk is unavoidable. While some complications that arise during surgery are simply unfortunate turns of fate, the fact is that many surgical errors are preventable, and occur only as a result of mistakes or errors on the part of the operating physician or their assistants.
There are a wide range of different surgical errors which a patient may suffer, many of which can have devastating consequences which may impact the patient for the rest of their life. The following are some of the most common surgical errors in the United States:
- Wrong site surgery
- Incorrect surgical procedure performed
- Wrong patient surgery
- Foreign objects left in body cavity
- Anesthesia errors
These and other surgical errors can pose significant challenges to a patient’s ongoing health and well-being. For this reason, many medical malpractice lawyers suggest that patients about to undergo surgery keep track of their health condition at every stage of the pre- and post-operative process, ensuring that if they are injured, they are able to hold those responsible for their damage accountable for their actions.