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Surgical residents are often involved in malpractice cases

When Arizona patients enter hospitals for surgical procedures, they trust in teams of medical professionals in the operating room. If just one member of the surgical team makes an error, the results could be disastrous. A study shows that surgical residents and interns, who are still in training, are especially likely to be named in malpractice cases.

Surgeon defends value of surgical nurses to insurance companies

The methods used by insurance companies to control costs can frustrate both patients and medical providers in Arizona. An orthopedic surgeon recently challenged the practice of limiting payments for surgical staff by describing the many ways that nurses add value to medical care.

Technology can help to avoid surgical errors

Tools are available for surgeons in Arizona and elsewhere to achieve greater success in liver surgery while avoiding dangerous medical mistakes. The liver can be a particularly challenging site for operations, because the organ can be home to easily-shifting malignant tumors as well as major blood vessels.

What to know about spinal surgery cases

A study published in The Spine Journal took a look at malpractice cases involving spine surgeries from 2010 to 2014. The authors studied all 103 cases during that time period and adjusted financial awards based on 2016 values. On average, a case settled in Arizona or elsewhere resulted in $2.3 million for the plaintiff. If a plaintiff went to court and won, that person was given an average of $4.9 million by a jury.

Infection, wrong-site surgery and other surgical errors

Surgery always carries some degree of risk. When an Arizona medical professional is careless or negligent, that risk might arise and cause significant harm to a patient. For example, surgery could be done on the wrong organ or the wrong limb. Potentially less serious errors could still have a devastating effect. Furthermore, a surgical error might not even be made by a human. Increasingly, robots are used in surgery, and while they may make fewer mistakes overall, there is still a possibility for error.

Parents to file medical malpractice suit after child's death

Arizona parents might wonder whether routine surgery could be dangerous or present a risk of medical malpractice. For example, a tonsillectomy is usually a safe, routine procedure that more than half a million children undergo each year. However, in Detroit, a 9-year-old girl died during a tonsillectomy, and it is expected that her family will file a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit.

Complications associated with inflated balloon therapy

Arizona residents who are suffering from severe conditions like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease might be tempted to try any treatment, but a warning from the Food and Drug Administration has attacked a procedure that some physicians had been testing. Known as transvascular autonomic modulation, the procedure requires a tiny balloon to be inflated inside the veins of the neck. This could potentially widen the pathway and improve blood flow.

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