Medical Malpractice Post Colonoscopy: Oregon Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains

Post Colonoscopy Medical Malpractice Can Result in Serious Injury or Wrongful death: Oregon Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains Risks and Rights


Colonoscopies are generally considered to be a safe procedure.  The medical research finds that approximately 98.4% of all colonoscopies have no complications at all.  These are very important preventative and screening tests searching for cancer and other complications in the body.  However, while only 1.6% of all colonoscopies have complications, there are approximately 14 million colonoscopies performed every year.  Now that 1.6% number is affecting up to 224,000 Americans every year, or 613 people every day have complications from colonoscopies.  Some of these complications could be due to Oregon medical malpractice.


Under Oregon law, medical malpractice includes the negligent act or omission by a healthcare provider that a reasonably prudent healthcare provider with the same skill, experience, and speciality would not have made in similar circumstances.  An act is affirmative conduct by a healthcare provider, whereas an omission is not doing something that the doctor is supposed to have done.  There are several kinds of injuries caused post colonoscopy that could be related to Oregon medical malpractice which constitute an act or omission.


Anesthesia Errors – Any procedure that administers a sedative to a patient could have issues with anesthesia.  These issues range from dizziness and discomfort, to very serious breathing problems and even wrongful death.  While colonoscopies are not very long procedures, they are still lengthy enough to result in serious personal injuries due to anesthesia errors.


Bowel Perforations – A bowel perforation is one of the more common medical mistakes in a colonoscopy.  This is when the scopes and instruments used in a colonoscopy accidentally rub against or collide with the walls of the colon or rectum.  This can result in an abrasion of the structure and cause a tear.  If a tear is large enough or not noticed, it can cause significant bleeding.  It can also result in serious infection.  If that infection is not detected, it can result in sepsis.  This is a medical emergency which could result in the loss of limbs and even the loss of life if it is not aggressively and properly treated.


Failing to Diagnose Cancer – While there are many reasons to perform a colonoscopy, the most common reason is preventative of colon cancer.  This means that patients are undergoing a colonoscopy to have their rectum and colon inspected for dangerous polyps or condition.  When these are present, the doctor should remove the polyp and have it tested.  If it is not removed properly, it can result in medical malpractice.  But if it is not even detected in the first place, the polyp or cancer could be left to sit and grow into a larger tumor.  It could also become so pervasive that it could allow the cancer to spread to other parts of the body which will make it much harder to cure.  This is a failure to diagnose cancer and Oregon medical malpractice.


Post Surgery Colonoscopy Injuries Including Anesthesia Errors, Bowel Perforations, and Failing to Diagnose Cancer Are Serious Oregon Medical Malpractice Cases


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