A study published in U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health entitled, Why Do Surgeons Continue to Perform Unnecessary Surgery? defines unnecessary surgery as “any surgical intervention that is either not needed, not indicated, or not in the patient’s best interest.” The article details the negligence of U.S. hospitals and urges surgeons to embrace patient safety as a “core responsibility.”
Despite these efforts, medical professionals continue to perform unnecessary surgeries on thousands of patients each year.
Why Do Unnecessary Surgeries Occur?
There are various reasons why a medical professional might perform unnecessary surgery, and not all instances are considered medical malpractice. A surgeon may perform surgeries because they do not know a better option. A surgeon may also perform surgeries to profit financially or to gain notoriety in the field. All surgery involves risk, including hemorrhaging, infection, anesthesia errors, damage to internal organs, and more. A patient should only be subject to such risks if absolutely necessary.
Unnecessary Surgery and Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice may occur if the patient suffers an injury as a result of a surgical procedure that did not need to occur. One example is where a medical professional convinces a patient that he or she needs an operation when other, non-surgical options would be more effective and appropriate, and the patient suffers. As a result, the doctor could be negligent. Similarly, if performing the surgery violated the standard of care, and the patient can prove that the doctor’s actions led to the injury, it may be considered medical malpractice.
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Cardaro & Peek, LLC has obtained over $4,500,000 for clients involved in unnecessary surgery claims. If you think that you are a victim of unnecessary surgery, do not hesitate to call our office. Our experienced team of medical malpractice attorneys is ready to review your case.
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