Surgical Errors: Do You Really Need Surgery to Cure a Stomach Virus?

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 … [Read more...]