3 Quick Ways to Avoid Surgical Errors

The responsibility for avoiding surgical errors rests with the surgeon, hospital and medical team attending to your surgery.  However, the consequences of a surgical error will be suffered by you, the patient.  Thus, it is important for you to take three important steps before going into surgery:

  1. Make Sure Everyone Knows What Operation You Need.  If, for example, you need an operation on your right knee, keep repeating that fact to your doctors and nurses.  The more you repeat it, the greater the odds that the correct surgery will be performed.
  2. Make Sure Someone Acts as Your Advocate. You need a trusted relative or friend to act as your advocate while you are not thinking clearly after anesthesia or while on pain medication.  Make sure your advocate is comfortable questioning medical staff, understands the surgery that you are having and is willing to stick up for you.
  3. Research Your Doctor and Hospital. While a past record of error free surgeries is no guarantee of future success, there is no reason to take the risk of having surgery with a doctor or hospital that is either inexperienced with your type of surgery or has made mistakes in the past.

Despite your best efforts, you may still suffer the pain of a surgical error if your doctor, hospital or medical team is negligent.  If medical negligence has caused you physical pain, continuing medical problems and financial losses then you should seek the counsel of an experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney who may be able to hold the negligent party accountable and help you recover damages.