Surgical errors can be the most serious form of medical mistake, resulting in terrible injuries and damage to any number of body parts. With any surgery there are associated risks. These risks, however, should not be amplified by medical errors.
The Most Common Surgical Errors:
- Many surgical errors are known as "wrong site" operations, which means the operation took place on the wrong organ, limb, or other area of the body. Sometimes a procedure intended for another patient is performed on the wrong patient.
- Some surgical procedures may not be necessary at all. An appropriate pre-surgical workup is required and other, more conservative, alternatives must usually be explored before undergoing the risks of surgery.
- Other types of surgical errors occur during plastic, or cosmetic, surgeries such as breast augmentation and reduction. In these cases, the surgical mistake can lead to a lifetime of disfigurement.
- Some injuries are the result of improper surgical technique, training, and experience.
- Retained foreign objects such as sponges, surgical instruments, or other objects can cause tremendous damage and are almost always the result of negligence.
- Failure to properly treat postoperative complications such as infection, wound reopening, and post-operative bleeding.