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A surgical mistake is a serious medical issue


Each year many Pennsylvanians go into the hospital for elective and medically necessary surgical procedures. Surgeries are invasive treatments that allow doctors to access their clients' bodies and remove or repair problems that cause ailments in those that they treat. While many surgical procedures are successful and leave patients better off than they were prior to their procedures, others suffer serious complications as a result of surgical mistakes.

Surgical mistakes can take many forms. One of the most common forms of surgical mistake or error is a wrong site surgery. In this situation, the correct patient may receive the correct surgery but the operation is performed on the wrong part of their body. This can happen if the surgery is on a limb or other symmetrically represented part of the body.

Another common form of surgical mistake is a wrong procedure surgery. In this case, a surgeon may perform the wrong medical procedure on a patient, such as a gall bladder removal on a patient who was supposed to receive a hysterectomy. A third common form of surgical error happens when a surgeon performs the procedure they were scheduled to perform but does so on the wrong patient.

Surgical mistakes are costly and painful for victims and may constitute medical malpractice. In most cases, surgical mistakes should be preventable through proper patient intake protocols and other internal hospital checks. However, these mistakes are not uncommon. As a result, many patients suffer needless harm at the hands of the doctors who are tasked with improving their health. When these incidences occur, patients may have legal avenues to pursue compensation for their losses. Taking such legal recourse against the medical professionals who subjected them to damaging surgical mistakes may also help bring about a sense of justice and closure.

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