A 54-year-old man from Pennsylvania recently won a lawsuit for almost $900,000, after his surgeon removed the wrong part of his body. The man experienced chronic testicular pain for 15 years in his right testicle. Although, the man later believed less invasive options were possible, his doctor suggested performing an operation to remove the man’s right testicle. However, the doctor mistakenly removed the man’s left testicle instead.
Tag: Surgical Accidents
Many Pittsburgh residents will have a surgical procedure performed on them during their lifetime. Surgeries are necessary for many people and most go as planned. In recent years, robotic surgery has become popular with many U.S. hospitals offering the service to its patients. Robotic surgeries are popular because they are typically minimally invasive. But unexpected surgical accidents do arise and some of them can be attributed to the surgeons not receiving proper training.
Back problems plague many Pittsburgh residents. Back pain can be debilitating and cause many people to wind up on disability. Back surgery is a common solution for many people. Back surgeons usually perform these surgeries without incident but occasionally surgical errors occur.
Every person who goes to the doctor should be able to expect that a doctor will be careful and thorough during every operation. And while doctors are human and can make mistakes, there are some basic mistakes that should never be made by any person during surgery.
Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. This endometrial tissue can grow into the ovaries, bowel or other tissue which lines the female pelvis. Endometriosis can cause severe pain, particularly during menstruation and also during intercourse.
Pennsylvania residents may have heard about a California woman’s experience following a hysterectomy surgery in 2007. She recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Simi Valley Hospital in Ventura County after a sponge left behind in the 2007 surgery required the removal of nearly half of her intestines.
Today, robotic equipment and other technology has become a common presence in Pittsburgh operating rooms. It is now normal for a surgeon to operate from a video game-like console or use enhanced imaging technology to get a better look at the inside of a patient during surgery. While many people praised these advances — and rightfully so — a recent study shows this technology presents some new challenges in the operating room.
Dr. Lisa Marcucci, a trauma surgeon formerly associated with Geisinger Medical Center, has written a book entitled “Avoiding Common Surgical Errors.” In it, she identified 186 medical mistakes, some of which could involve serious consequences to patients. Dr. Marcucci’s stated goal-to help prevent such errors in the future.