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Surgical Errors Archives

Forgotten surgical tools cost patients their health

Hundreds of medical patients in the United States, many in South Carolina, have had surgical instruments and equipment left inside of them during the surgery. These forgotten items are sewn up to stay inside of the person until they are finally discovered. Leaving surgical equipment inside of a person is a mistake that is all too common and costs patients more than an inconvenience.

Surgical robots far from perfect, study shows

Precise surgical robots were introduced years ago into surgical procedures. They were heralded as a new generation of surgical tools. But, statistics gathered by the Food and Drug Administration from 2000 to 2013 have shown that the robotic surgeries have made their fair share of mistakes.

Sponge left after surgery leads to medical malpractice lawsuit

Many times when a patient undergoes surgery, speculation may arise about the nature of whatever it is that the surgeon may have removed, be it an appendix, a gall bladder, or a foreign object. Occasionally, however, the issue involves the opposite: What was it that the surgeon left behind?

Surgical error results in $12 million judgment

As most South Carolina resident will tell you, going to the hospital for even a routine surgery can be a daunting prospect. Whether it is the cost of medical care, anxiety stemming from poor health, or simply a fear of the unknown, the hospital can be a stressful and intimidating place for many people.

Tubal ligation at center of malpractice suit

South Carolina residents who are interested in malpractice litigation might know about an appellate decision in Illinois allowing the case against a surgeon to proceed despite a motion to dismiss it. A woman filed a suit in 2010 against her surgeon for performing a failed tubal ligation, resulting in the birth of a child with a serious genetic disease.

Planned Parenthood settles after woman dies

South Carolina residents may be interested in knowing about the recent case of a 24-year-old woman who died after an attempted abortion given at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic. The late-term abortion was performed in a clinic was supposed to offer only limited services. A news report of the incident did not detail the nature of the woman's injuries. She reportedly received improper care at the clinic and was finally transferred to a hospital, but Planned Parenthood staff members reportedly did not give the hospital sufficient information to treat her. The woman died while in the hospital.

Surgical errors result in $776,000 malpractice award

South Carolina residents concerned about medical errors and hospital mistakes may be interested to learn that a South Dakota jury has awarded $776,000 for medical malpractice to a man who lost his wife of 15 years after a botched gallbladder removal. The defendant in the case, a Rapid City surgeon, has denied any wrongdoing, and he is expected to appeal the decision.

Surgical errors cast doubt on future of robotic surgery

The use of surgical robots in South Carolina hospitals has increased over the years as doctors have discovered that the devices allow them to be more precise and make fewer incisions than with conventional surgical procedures. The publication of a study linking malfunctions of the devices to surgical errors has raised concerns about the safety of robotic surgery.

Injuries during robotic surgery going unreported

South Carolina residents may want to know about a potential medical risk that has been largely unreported. Surgeries involving complex surgical techniques such as robotic surgery systems have led to severe injuries for some patients. Although the Food and Drug Administration operates a database of deaths and injuries that have occurred during surgery, doctors and hospitals often don't contribute to it.

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