The Dangers of Wrong-Site Surgery

Going under the knife can be a scary experience. Regardless of whether the operation is elective or emergency, any person’s health can be incredibly vulnerable during surgery. Sadly, there are many things that can go wrong during an operation that may then result in severe damage or even death. Often these things are out of the doctors’ control, and we are forced to accept them as fate. However, the devastation of losing a loved one can increase exponentially when that loss was caused by a preventable accident on part of the surgeon and/or the surgery team. Wrong-site surgery is one of the most common surgical errors, and it is also one of the most easily prevented.

The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP understand just how devastating a surgical accident can be. Whether the mistake led to harm or death, no family should have to deal with a doctor’s mistake alone.

What is Wrong-Site Surgery?

In 2001, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations identified wrong-site surgeries as the third-highest-ranking adverse surgical event. Wrong-site surgeries most often occur during the following types of procedures:

  • Orthopedic
  • Podiatric
  • Urological
  • Neurosurgical
  • General surgeries

If you have ever had a procedure completed by a capable surgeon, you may remember him marking the area on which he would be operating with a marker or pen before putting you under. This is done by capable doctors to prevent wrong-site surgeries. However, the Joint Commission also found that 70 percent of wrong-site surgeries were caused by a break down in communication over this identification system.

Contact a Massachusetts Surgical Error Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or wrongful death due to an act of medical malpractice such as a wrong-site surgery, contact the Massachusetts attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP by calling (617) 426-4488 today to see how we can help.