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Blindness after surgical errors can be devastating


Pittsburgh patients know that there are risks that are involved with surgery. But not all risks are disclosed, and surgical errors can occur. One such risk is blindness that can occur after a number of surgeries for the spine, heart, head or neck.

Blindness after surgery, also known as postoperative vision loss, is a serious condition that can be devastating to patients and their families. It happens when there is significant blood loss during surgery. When there is not enough blood supplied to the optic nerves it can become susceptible to permanent injury. This can occur from low blood pressure or a lack of oxygen in the blood. For medical malpractice cases, this may come from not having adequate blood transfusions during surgery, not monitoring blood pressure, not keeping the patient's head above their heart and failure to monitor massive blood loss after surgery.

Patients who have sudden blindness or vision loss after surgery often have gone through complicated surgeries and experienced significant blood loss. These cases can be complicated, and a legal professional familiar with medical malpractice may be able to help patients and their families determine exactly what happened. Blindness can affect a person's entire life, including their ability to keep their job, relationships with family and loved ones, leisure activities and many more situations. A legal professional can review medical records, consult with medical experts and determine what happened to cause the blindness. They can hold the medical professionals accountable for their negligence. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

When a medical professional fails to monitor their patient during surgery tragic results can occur, including blindness. It is important to hold these professionals accountable so that they don't harm anyone else.

Source: University of Iowa Health Care, "Perioperative PION", William Flanary, David Phillips, Randy Kardon, April 3, 2015

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