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Surgical Mistakes

Every type of surgery, even minor surgery, carries inherent risks and some chance of a poor outcome or even death. However, surgical mistakes are not an acceptable risk or an excusable cause of injury or death. While some mistakes are very obvious, such as the removal of the wrong limb, others may be hard to detect and your doctor may try to hide the fact that your poor outcome or a loved one’s death was due to an error rather than a normal risk of surgery.

Common Surgical Mistakes

Although it may be hard to believe, certain types of surgical errors happen rather frequently. They include:

Injuries Caused By Surgical Mistakes

In some cases surgical mistakes are fairly minor and have little or no negative impact on the patient. However, even a very small mistake can have serious or deadly consequences. Even survivable surgical mistakes can change your life forever. For instance, wrong site surgery can result in a vast array of unnecessary medical issues such as infertility, the need for a pacemaker, inability to walk or use your hands, and more. The results of surgical mistakes can include:

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