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3 types of surgical errors: Were you a victim?

It's terrifying to undergo surgery for a serious illness. It's even more terrifying to think of the possibility that your surgical procedure could leave you in worse shape than you were before because of a surgical error. However, surgical errors happen on a regular basis throughout the United States. Here are three common types of surgical errors that patients should be aware of in this regard:

Surgeons should be leaders in safety

Surgical errors are simply mistakes made during an operation, before the operation or after it has been completed. For example, taking the wrong patient to the surgery may be classified as a surgical error. The same could be said if the surgeon operated on the wrong part of the patient. Of course, not recognizing a patient's infection or complications could count as surgical errors once the surgery ends.

Don't expect an apology from your physician: Here's why

One question that has been coming up more frequently as time goes on is whether or not doctors and hospitals should apologize for making medical errors. People are raised to apologize when they do something wrong. It's called taking responsibility.

Surgery: Can it spread cancer?

One common myth about surgeries is that they have a high risk of spreading cancer to other parts of the body. The reality is that the risk is not high, but there is still a risk if the proper protocols are not followed. By following standard procedures during a surgery, the surgeon can prevent the cells from spreading after the surgery to remove tumors or take a biopsy.

Criticism and a second opinion could help your malpractice case

Carelessness is a serious risk in any surgical or medical setting, but what about talking to patients about another provider's carelessness? It's not always a good idea for medical professionals to speak ill of one another, but for a patient looking to make a case, this can be a massive help.

What do surgical errors cost?

When surgeons leave items behind inside patients, there is a high risk that patients can get ill or even die. Sponges and surgical tools can't be left behind; doctors have to take steps to avoid this and protect their patients. Sadly, that doesn't always happen.

Protecting yourself against surgical errors

Surgical errors can happen at almost any time, but there are a few good ways that you, as a patient, can protect yourself. Surgical errors, which can range from getting your name wrong when moving you into a surgical ward to leaving a sponge inside you after surgery, have the potential to lead to injuries.

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