Most Common Surgical Errors in Hampton, VA Malpractice Cases

Having to have surgery can be a scary proposition, even if the procedure is a minor one. Not only is the experience itself intimidating, but the incidents of surgical error that occur every day in medical facilities all over the country compound many patients’ uneasiness about the risks they are facing in their own procedure. And those fears may not be without validity.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there are seven surgical procedures that are responsible for the majority of surgical error incidents and account for almost 80 percent of the procedures performed in this country.

Emergency General Surgery

Emergency General Surgery (EGS) is the term used to describe those procedures performed on the illest and has the highest risks to the patients. These surgeries also have the highest costs. There are approximately 3 million patients who undergo EGS procedures each year in this country. According to data collected by the study:

  • Patients who undergo EGS are eight times more likely to die following the surgery than patients who undergo elective surgery.
  • At least half of all EGS patients develop complications following the procedure.
  • Within 30 days of the procedure, 15 percent of EGS patients are readmitted to the hospital.

The study also found that the surgeries which had the most fatalities were:

  • Removal of part of the colon (partial colectomy)
  • Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)
  • Appendix removal (appendectomy)
  • Peritoneal adhesion removal
  • Small-bowel resection
  • Peptic ulcer surgeries
  • Abdominal incisions (laparotomy)

The most frequent complications that patients suffered from these procedures were internal bleeding, infections, shock, and adhesion.

What Is the Responsibility of Medical Staff?

All medical personnel owe a duty of care to each and every patient. When a patient is undergoing an EGS, it becomes even more critical for everyone involved in the patient’s care to pay attention to detail in order to prevent the patient’s death. Steps that should be taken include:

  • Ensuring that they and all equipment are sterilized and prepared.
  • Carrying out the pre-planned procedure.
  • Utilizing the hospital team appropriately.
  • Monitoring patient stats.
  • Carefully performing postoperative care.

Contact Hampton, VA Surgical Error Attorney Today

We put our trust in our physicians and surgeons that they will heal us, not harm us. Surgical errors are preventable, and the damage they cause can change a person’s life forever. If you have been injured because of a surgical or medical error or have lost a loved one due to medical staff mistakes, contact a compassionate Hampton, VA medical malpractice attorney to discuss what legal options may be available to you.

The legal team at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp has successfully represented many clients and their families who suffered serious injury or illness because of the negligence or carelessness of a doctor or other medical staff. If you or a loved one has been injured or developed a medical condition as a result of medical negligence, call our office to schedule a free case evaluation. We will thoroughly investigate your case, including consulting with the medical specialists we work with on a regular basis, and determine what type of financial compensation you are due for the losses you have suffered.