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Common Surgical Errors

Common Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are some of the most common medical malpractice lawsuits in the country.

Surgical errors create an unfortunate situation. It’s never the intention of a doctor to let such a mistake happen, but they can occur. Sometimes, hospitals can forego efficiency for speed, and that can lead to catastrophic outcomes. Surgical errors are some of the most common medical malpractice lawsuits in the country. That fact is alarming, because they’re mistakes that are almost always avoidable. There’s a wide variety of surgical errors that occur, and it’s important to know about them, in case you or a loved one ever suffers from these types of medical negligence.

Instruments Left In

When undergoing surgery, incisions are made and instruments are used to navigate throughout the body. While it should be standard procedure for hospitals to take inventory of the tools that were used, not all follow this system. A dangerous result of surgical instruments being left in the body is sepsis. Sepsis is an infection that causes extreme amounts of inflammation throughout the body. This can be significantly heightened if the patient already has a weak defense system.


Nerve damage is a result of surgical error, and it can lead to other harmful symptoms as well. Severed nerves can actually result in permanent loss of function, and that pain will only become exponentially worse through time. Damage to nerves can lead to multiple symptoms, including chronic pain, numbness, paralysis, deformity, and even seizures.

Wrong Site

A wrong site surgical error is quite egregious, and it’s a clear case of medical negligence, It means that the surgeon performed on the wrong body part or organ of a patient. This can lead to things like incorrect amputation, or even infection. Another potential outcome of a wrong site surgery is that the patient suffers damage to organs. A punctured organ could easily occur if the surgeon is performing where it’s not necessary. This leads to battered tissues, and that is a recipe for disaster.

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