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How common are wrong-site surgeries?

On Behalf of | Nov 7, 2021 | Medical Malpractice

Facing a need to undergo a surgical operation can be stressful and harrowing under any circumstance. While doctors have a duty to provide patients in Illinois with information on any risks involved, what happens if a surgery is performed on the wrong body part, or even performed on the wrong person altogether. Studies indicate that wrong-site procedures continue to be a common concern for many patients and that there are various issues that may contribute to such medical negligence. 

Wrong site surgeries 

Studies indicate that there are circumstances in which wrong-site surgeries may be performed by even the most experienced surgeons. Study statistics also indicate that of those involved in events that cause serious or permanent harm to patients, more than 10% were also involved in additional incidents with similar results. One study asserts that in the field of orthopedic surgery, more than a quarter of surgeons admitted to being involved in at least one wrong site surgery over the course of their careers. 

Studies also suggest that there are certain factors that could increase the risks of issues such as wrong-site surgeries. While background noise and other distractions are listed as primary causes of error, researchers also suggest nearly 15% of people also struggle to differentiate between right and left. Even markings designed to indicate proper surgical sites might not last until the operation begins, and studies also indicate that surgeons with busy schedules may also be more susceptible to making similar errors. 

Life-altering injuries 

Wrong-site surgery is a common example of a type of medical negligence that could cause a person to suffer sever or even life-altering harm. Those who experience harm under similar circumstances and wish to exercise their rights to seek accountability in civil court could benefit from retaining the services of an experienced attorney for guidance through the process. An attorney in Illinois can examine the incident, along with a client’s injuries and financial needs, and assist in preparing to seek the restitution entitled through a medical malpractice claim. 


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