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Medical Malpractice During Surgery

Medical Malpractice During Surgery

Charlotte NC Medical Malpractice Lawyer

General surgeons are typically thought of as surgeons that operate essentially from the breastbone down to the urological area.

When you undergo any type of surgery you are immediately more susceptible to complications and the risk of infection due to your body being operated on.

There are several factors to be looked at in terms of evaluating the potential for negligence in general surgery cases:

  • The complete blood count can frequently tell a surgeon a number of things.  A white blood count that is over 12,000 may be indicative of infection and certainly a white count over 15,000 is even more indicative of infection.  Likewise, elevated lymphocytes may be an indicator of infection.  Likewise, an increased BUN may indicate a host of problems.  Low hemoglobin or hematocrit may be an indicator of internal bleeding.
  • Surgical procedures that take an extremely long time or that involve some extensive gap in time between the stages of the procedure may be a basis for suspicion.  This is where comparing the notes of the anesthesiologist with that of the surgeon may give some clue as to what is really going on.  It may also be that the gap in performance is a result of shift changes on the nursing staff.
  • The peritoneum is the area in the gut that contains the stomach, liver, bowel, colon and bladder and in women also the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.  The presence of any air in this area may be ominous.  Although the presence of some air after an open procedure or after a laparoscopic procedure may be normal, that air should dissipate.  Likewise, the presence of fluid may be suggestive of a perforation of the bowel or bladder or other organ.
  • Gall bladder surgery can be complicated by the patient’s anatomical variation in that the gall bladder may be on the right or left hepatic duct.  If the operative report notes such a anatomical variation that may be an explanation for why the wrong structure was cut.
  • Infection is always a significant problem in any surgical procedure.  When the infection, however, is diagnosed is critical.  The longer the delay is in that diagnosis then the more likely it is that there was some negligence in terms of making the diagnosis.  Likewise, a delay in treatment after the diagnosis is made may be indicative of negligence.
  • The absence of bowel function after surgery may be an indication of a perforation of the bowel.
  • The patient’s return to the operating room after the procedure or return to the hospital after release may likewise be indicative of some negligence that requires further investigation.
  • Abdominal pain following surgery coupled with a hard abdominal area with pain after touching of the area is suggestive that there may be an infection present.
  • Pathological reports may be critical in that they should correctly identify the tissue, where it was removed and if there was any anatomical variation in the patient that may well be noted.

Contact the Medical Malpractice Law Firm of Bice Law

If you believe you have suffered injury or harm due to medical malpractice, take the first step to protect your legal rights contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law.   We serve families across both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly.  Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney.

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