The decision to undergo surgical procedures should never be taken lightly. Successful procedures can cause improvements in a patient’s health and quality of life. However, unsuccessful and/or unnecessary surgeries can have the opposite effect and result in serious consequences. What qualifies as an “unnecessary surgery?” Any surgical intervention that is either not indicated or not in the patient’s best interest when weighed against other available options. Patients who have suffered from unnecessary surgeries wonder how something like this could have happened. Below are a few common medical mistakes that can lead to unnecessary surgeries. Please contact the medical malpractice attorneys at The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek if you or a loved one underwent an unnecessary surgery.
One reason why unnecessary surgeries are common is because of how frequently misdiagnosis occurs. A misdiagnosis in itself poses a danger to the patient. Not only will the patient receive treatment for the wrong (or a non-existing) health condition, but the true cause of the patient’s problem remains unknown. If surgery is recommended based upon a misdiagnosis, it is almost certainly an unnecessary surgery. Unfortunately, medical teams often don’t realize that a surgery is unnecessary until after the surgical procedure has begun.
Valuing Personal Gain over Patient Needs
While the majority of doctors are in medicine because they want to help people, some are motivated purely by financial gain. Although it is clearly unethical, these doctors will recommend their patients undergo unnecessary surgeries for the doctor’s personal gain. Sometimes, a hospital puts pressure on the doctors to push for unneeded surgical procedures if it is profitable. Other times, the doctor is involved with or receiving kickbacks from a medical company that provides supplies for the surgery (e.g. screws, meshes, devices, etc.). Again, this is clearly unethical, but that doesn’t stop some health care providers from crossing the line to make extra money.
Some unnecessary surgeries are unfortunate cases of wrong-site surgeries. A classic example would be amputating the wrong arm. It’s obvious that when the wrong surgical procedure gets carried out, it was an unnecessary procedure that could have been avoided had the doctor not been negligent.
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