If you have a scheduled surgery you may want to call your doctor to make sure you aren't going to be his or her "guinea pig" for learning a new, robotic surgical system. It's happened to thousands of patients, who only become aware of it after they are seriously injured and initiate a medical malpractice suit. Fred E. Taylor was one such patient.
A recent study revealed that post-operative mistakes are disturbingly common. U.K. researchers examined 659 days of post-surgical care and found 256 mistakes. Even more troubling, these errors caused harm to the patient most of the time (51 percent). The ground-breaking study was published in the Annals of Surgery.
More than 90,000 Americans are on the kidney transplant waiting list. In 2011, more than 4,700 patients on this list died because they didn't receive a donor kidney. The statistics paint a clear picture: Donor kidneys are desperately needed to save lives. This is why another statistic is so incredibly troubling: More than 2,600 donor kidneys were thrown away last year.
Every surgical operation comes with risks, but most hospitals work hard to minimize complications within their control. However, one mistake that can easily be eliminated continues to victimize thousands of U.S. patients. Items such as sponges, gauze or surgical instruments are left inside the bodies of patients an estimated 4,000 times every year.
The world's top doctors will tell you that a successful surgery needs more than just steady hands and experience. Detailed preparation is the foundation of any operation, yet kidney donor recipients are frequently becoming the victims of a deadly oversight by surgical staffs across the country.
For many years, surgical mesh was routinely implanted in women who underwent pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) surgery. Mesh manufacturers boasted that their products were wondrous: Improving the success of surgeries while reducing healing time - all without a threat of serious side effects. Some transvaginal mesh manufacturers funded medical studies to help support their claims in the medical community.
The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic instrument that allows surgeons to create tiny incisions in their patients. The device purportedly allows surgeons to create incisions with a level of accuracy that cannot be achieved by the traditional tools of hands and a scalpel.
A successful surgeon needs steady hands and good judgment, two things not commonly associated with doctors who have drug and alcohol problems. That makes the results of a recent medical study particularly unsettling for patients across the nation. According to University of Washington researchers, 15 percent of surgeons abuse alcohol or have dependency issues.
After roughly eight years, an Indiana woman's medical malpractice claim has finally been resolved via a favorable jury verdict. The $1.5 million jury award is bittersweet; however, because the woman's suffering will continue throughout her lifetime.