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Study reveals risk for complications after noncardiac surgery

Arizona residents who have been hospitalized for noncardiac surgery will want to know about a new study that points out a certain risk. According to the data, those who undergo noncardiac surgery may develop complications that lead to heart attack, stroke or death.

Healthcare providers liable for artificial intelligence mistakes

Many Arizona patients trust their doctors and healthcare professionals when they need medical care or surgery. As technology continues to advance, more tools, including machines, are becoming available to assist in surgeries and other procedures. However, there are questions arising over who is legally responsible when machines or other technology results in a misdiagnosis or other harm.

When durotomy leads to a malpractice claim

Arizona residents should know that durotomy, a condition where the outer membrane of the spinal cord is torn, is a common and sometimes unavoidable side effect of spinal surgery. Most of the time, surgeons will recognize the issue and repair it during the surgery. However, the dural tears sometimes go unnoticed or reopen after surgery. The complications resulting from this can prompt many patients to file medical malpractice claims.

Taking steps to eliminate operating room mistakes

The nightmare scenario for Arizona residents coming out of surgery is realizing that they have received the wrong operation or that their situation is worse than before because of a mistake on the part of the surgeon. Thankfully, major mistakes only make up .03 percent of all operations in the United States. That being said, standards should be in place to make sure that mistakes of these kind never happen.

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.

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