Wrong Surgeries and Unnecessary Surgeries: Serious Oregon Medical Malpractice

Wrong Surgeries and Unnecessary Surgeries Cause Catastrophic Injuries and Can be Oregon Medical Malpractice


Having to undergo any surgery can be worrisome and generate fear, anxiety, and distress.  But such feelings are significantly magnified when you go through this surgery to only learn that the wrong surgery was performed, or that the surgery that did occur ended up to be entirely unnecessary.  This may not be so troubling when the surgery involves pulling the wrong tooth, but when that surgery is removing the wrong kidney, the result can be devastating.  The result can also be an example of catastrophic Oregon medical malpractice due to surgical errors and threaten the life of the patient.


There are some common examples of wrong site surgeries or unnecessary surgeries that have occurred in recent years or that are statistically high.  As a patient, it is important to know some fo these common mistakes to protect yourself and your family from potential medical malpractice.  Some fo these examples include the following:


Removing the Wrong Kidney – As the example given above, this is a prime example of a wrong site surgery and unnecessary surgery.  During renal failure or when a disruptive tumor is located in a kidney, it may need to be removed if it become necrotic or gangrenous.  While humans can live with just one kidney, if a surgical team removes the wrong kidney—the healthy kidney—it can lead to a situation where a person is left with one, diseased kidney.  The ramifications are catastrophic and the person’s life is in immediate jeopardy.  It is not always easy to transplant a new kidney from a donor quick enough to fix the mistake, even though there may be some exceptions to allow a victim to leapfrog donor lists and go to the top.  But this does not stress the significant danger to the patient and the catastrophic medical malpractice.


Unnecessary Hysterectomy – A hysterectomy is an incredibly invasive and painful surgery with the potential for many side-effects.  It is the second-most common surgery for women after a c-section, and approximately one-third of all women will have one by the age of 60.  But according to a new study, approximately 20% of those hysterectomies are unnecessary.  While they may be used to treat some benign conditions, they can also create some conditions which cause more damage.  Because they are unnecessary in 20% of all cases, they can also create unnecessary scarring, emotional harm, and injury to a woman undergoing the surgery—even if the surgery is successful.  When the surgery is unwarranted, particularly in a young patient, it can have irreversible effects on the patient given that she will no longer be able to bear children.


Wrong Testicle Removed, Victim Received $870,000 Verdict – Going in line with unnecessary reproductive surgeries which are horrific errors, news sources report that one male patient had a damaged and diseased testicle which he was to have removed to potentially save his life.  However, doctors removed the healthy testicle leaving him infertile and in need of testosterone treatment.  This mistake is catastrophic medical malpractice due to a surgical mistake.


Unnecessary Amputations – The loss of a limb is a very traumatic injury.  But when the loss of a limb is due to a medical malpractice, such as an over-zealous healthcare provider or a negligent healthcare provider, victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.  Unnecessary amputations are catastrophic examples of surgical errors and medical malpractice.


Victims of Unnecessary Surgeries and Wrong Surgeries May be Entitled to Compensation


While all surgeries can bring about fear and apprehension, wrong surgeries and unnecessary surgeries bring out these emotional unjustifiably and perhaps even additional surgeries that should never occur if the first one was properly done.  The removal of a healthy bodily organ due to a medical error, whether that be misjudgment, misdiagnosis, defensive medicine, or just incompetency, is a very serious and catastrophic error.  If you or a loved one have suffered from a doctor’s negligence, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn how we can help you.


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