A recent research study by the University of Washington revealed that sixteen percent of appendectomies are performed on hospital patients who don’t need them. Medical tests can determine if the patient has a stomach virus or inflamed lymph nodes that mimic the symptoms of appendicitis.
Although appendicitis can be a serious illness (and if untreated potentially result in wrongful death), many hospitals are too quick to operate and remove the appendix when this organ is not causing the patient’s symptoms: sixteen out of every one hundred hospital patients will be subjected to this surgical errors and complications.
How Can This Surgical Error be Reduced?
A patient should ask the hospital for a CAT Scan of the stomach if a patient’s white-cell count is over 10,000 cells per microliter. This medical test should always be done before appendix surgery to confirm the correct medical diagnosis to determine f the appendix surgery truly must be performed. Otherwise, an unnecessary surgery can expose a patient to many surgical risks such as infection, bleeding and wrong site surgery. These surgical risks can be more deadly to a patient then appendicitis.
Surgical Errors Lawyers in New Jersey & Philadelphia
Surgical errors are a very common form of hospital negligence: Medical Malpractice victimizes hundreds of thousands of patients each year. If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of a negligent medical provider, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation: (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey and (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
The surgical errors lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are experienced and equipped enough to handle the toughest malpractice cases. Do not hesitate to contact our team, and let us earn you the compensation you deserve.