How Can Surgery Mistakes Affect Patients?

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

Last week we wrote about ‘never events’, surgery mistakes that injure and kill patients. One type of surgery mistake occurs when surgeons leave objects such as sponges and surgical equipment inside of patients. Estimates by the journal JAMA Surgery suggest that during 1 in 100,000 surgeries, surgeons leave something behind inside of patients. The medical… Read more »

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Are Anesthesiologists Required to Supervise Surgeries?

Posted on December 14, 2016 by

General anesthesia is necessary for most complex operations. Anesthesiologists are highly trained doctors tasked with administering patients with anesthetics. It may surprise you to learn that anesthesiologists are not always present while operations are underway. In some cases, patients have been harmed by anesthesia errors due to lack of supervision. Nurse anesthetists sometimes observe patients… Read more »

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What Happens When Sponges Are Left Inside of Patients?

Posted on September 07, 2016 by

Data gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics suggests 5,500 to 7,000 patients have foreign objects left behind after surgery each year. Surgical sponges are one of the worst objects that can be left behind, as they cause excruciating pain and deadly infections. A Los Angeles woman’s horrifying story can serve as an example…. Read more »

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What You Should Know About Wrong-Patient Surgeries

Posted on August 24, 2016 by

Wrong-patient surgeries have horrific and permanent consequences for patients and their families. Doctors may sometimes remove limbs or other body parts from the wrong patients. A wrong-patient surgery that occurred in Massachusetts is gaining national media attention. According to St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, a doctor removed a kidney from the wrong patient. St. Vincent… Read more »

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What You Should Know About Anesthesia Before Going Under

Posted on July 13, 2016 by

If you have an important surgical procedure planned in the near future, you may want to stick around and read this blog. While anesthesia is necessary to carry out many procedures, there are complications that have nightmarish outcomes. One of the worst complications is anesthesia awareness, a condition where patients are aware of their surroundings… Read more »

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Two Florida Plastic Surgeons Are Facing More than 160 Lawsuits!

Posted on June 20, 2016 by

More than 160 lawsuits have been filed against a Florida plastic surgery clinic for botched breast augmentation and reduction surgeries. The two surgeons operating the clinic, who are also father and son, have been accused of causing disfigurement and other health issues for patients. Some patients claimed that instead of breast reduction procedures, they received… Read more »

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A Cautionary Tale of Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

Posted on June 06, 2016 by

When we think of ‘botched plastic surgeries’, it is common to imagine disfigurement. While this is a frequent outcome of plastic surgeries gone wrong, it is not the only possible consequence. Some patients may suffer catastrophic brain injuries or lose their lives. We can learn from recent examples here in Florida. The mother of a… Read more »

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Brave New Ward: Will Robots Replace Surgeons?

Posted on May 16, 2016 by

Robots are continuing to take more roles in our workforce, whether it be assisting drivers, factory workers or other jobs that have been historically performed by humans. In the near future, surgeons may be assisted by autonomous robots to carry out highly complex medical procedures with perfect accuracy. For almost two decades, da Vinci machines… Read more »

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