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Surgical Errors Archives

Strategies to prevent surgery errors and catch complications

Surgery often relieves painful medical problems for people in Arizona. Risks and complications accompany any surgical procedure, but people can take proactive steps to increase the likelihood of good surgical results or catching complications as soon as possible so that medical providers can apply corrective treatments.

Misdiagnosis of vascular injury following arthroplasty

People who are scheduled to undergo surgery in Arizona are sometimes nervous about the potential for complications. The reasons for such apprehensions can be demonstrated in the 2015 cases of two women who each had a surgery known as a total knee arthroplasty. Both of them suffered damage to the popliteal artery during their surgeries. It's a rare complication, but the majority of vascular injuries that occur during TKAs involve the popliteal artery.

Causes and symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome refers to any painful condition that patients develop after neck or spinal surgery. The pain can be in the back, legs, arms or neck and impede the patient's ability to recover from surgery; other symptoms include back spasms, sleeplessness and numbness through the lower back and into the legs. Despite its name, FBSS does not necessarily imply that something went wrong during surgery. Patients in Arizona may want to know more about its possible causes and treatments.

Virtual reality could help reduce surgical errors

Surgical errors can be a major fear when people in Arizona enter the hospital for treatment. Despite the knowledge and skill of surgeons, procedures can be complex and involve new and innovative medical devices. Many manufacturers of medical devices are urging greater use of virtual training and education about their products in order both to minimize liability and maximize positive patient outcome. There are various virtual reality software systems that exist primarily to give surgeons virtual hands-on experience with some of the newest medical technologies.

Surgical errors may happen and cause injuries

When Arizona residents are scheduled for surgery, they often worry about how the procedures will go. One issue that might cross their minds is the possibility that their medical teams might make medical mistakes. While surgery in the U.S. is considered to be safe, medical errors sometimes happen. Medical mistakes that do happen may have devastating consequences for the victims.

What to know about duct bile injuries

It is believed that bile duct injuries may occur in up to 1 percent of gallbladder surgeries conducted in Arizona and elsewhere in America. If the bile duct is injured, it may lead to a structure caused by scarring that narrows the duct. Symptoms of a bile duct injury may be felt either immediately after a procedure or many months after it takes place.

Scalpel left in man's abdomen for four years after surgery

People in Arizona who have been victims of medical malpractice may be interested to learn that an Army veteran has filed a lawsuit against a veterans affairs hospital. In 2013, doctors at the VA hospital in West Haven, Connecticut, performed surgery on the man.

What to know about medical malpractice claims

Arizona residents may be aware of the health issues medical errors may cause. According to the British Medical Journal, they are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer account for more than the 251,000 deaths caused by medical error in 2016. The study published in the British Medical Journey has been corroborated by multiple studies in the United States.

Study analyzes the role of durotomy in malpractice cases

When patients undergo spinal surgery, they often suffer small tears in the outer membrane of their spine. The tear is called durotomy and is sometimes unavoidable. In most cases, though, the surgeon will detect it and order a second operation to repair the injury, leaving the patient with no long-term issues to worry about. Arizona residents should know, however, about a study analyzing how durotomy is addressed in medical malpractice suits.

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