What should you know about wrong-site surgery?

Louisiana residents who go in for surgery are expecting and hoping for their procedure to go smoothly. Unfortunately, preventable medical errors can happen. Today we'll look at one of these errors: wrong-site surgery.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) lists wrong-site surgery as a preventable medical error that can wreak havoc on the lives of patients like you. Wrong-site surgery encompasses three different scenarios, which are as follows:

  • The wrong side of the body or the wrong area is operated on
  • The wrong patient is operated on
  • The wrong operation is performed

For example, if you go in for surgery on your left foot but your right foot is operated on instead, that's wrong-site surgery. If you go in for an operation on your leg but have your arm operated on because your case was mixed up with another patient, that's also wrong-site surgery.

The reasons for a wrong-site surgery can differ from case to case. Generally speaking, however, they involve some form of negligence. The doctor may have read the charts wrong. The charts themselves may have been poorly organized. A lack of sleep among the staff or the sense that things need to be rushed may contribute to mistakes being made in haste.

If you have been a victim of wrong-site surgery, your entire life could be impacted negatively. You may need to heal from a procedure you didn't need, and you will likely have to go back to get the proper operation. Because of the strain, you may wish to see what legal options are available to you.

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