Improper Suturing: One Type of Surgical Error
Surgical error is one example of medical malpractice, an act of negligence by a professional health care provider that results to provision of treatment which falls below the standard of practice that is accepted in the medical community; medical malpractice is the cause of thousands of injuries and patient death.
Surgery is usually the last remedy recommended by doctors to patients after all attempts to treat health complaints have failed. Despite being a sensitive and risky procedure, patients choose to trust their doctors, believing that these doctors have been trained and have the capability to perform whatever is necessary to make them better; thus, they are in good hands. However, mistakes happen, and even the best doctors are prone to committing mistakes.
Surgical errors are serious medical mistakes. A list from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that the most common surgical mistakes are incorrect surgical procedure; wrong-site surgery; accidental puncture or laceration; wrong-person surgery; removal of the wrong organ; foreign bodies left inside a patient’s body; complication in anesthesia dosage; post-operative hemorrhage or hematoma; respiratory failure, or pulmonary embolism; physiologic and metabolic derangement; wound dehiscence (a surgical complication wherein a wound ruptures along a surgical suture. This can be due to age, obesity, diabetes, poor knotting, or post-surgery trauma due to the wound); wrongful death due to complications from negligent surgery: and, improper suturing.
A suture, particularly, is required for the proper healing of the treated skin, organ, nerve or tissue. If suturing is done improperly, though, it can cause an incision site to reopen or be infected, causing a patient severe harm and great pain. The more serious effects of improper suturing, though, include disfigurement, organ damage, paralysis, coma, and the need for corrective surgery which means additional medical cost for the patient.
Despite serious harm to patient or patient death, there are instances when proving medical malpractice due to surgical error is not easy (unless the effects of the mistake are obvious). Due to this difficulty in delving deeper into the cause of harm, it may benefit the injured patient if he or she would seek the services of a highly-qualified personal injury and nursing home abuse lawyers like those of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg.