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Surgical Errors Archives

FDA looking into safety of surgical robots

South Carolina patients undergoing surgery may be interested in a recent urgent medical device recall issued by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic surgery system. Reportedly, the da Vinci's instrument arms can stall briefly due to friction within the arm. The machine can then move quickly in an effort to correct its position when resistance is overcome. The recall covers nearly 1,400 units around the world.

Hospital fails to investigate diagnostic and surgical errors

Patients and physicians in South Carolina might take a lesson from a case involving misdiagnosis of death and an aborted organ removal. In 2009, a woman woke on the operating table in another state just prior to an organ donation. The woman had been diagnosed with irreversible brain damage and taken off life support with the consent of her family. They also provided consent for the organ harvest procedure. According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report later brought to light, the woman "did not have irreversible brain damage [and] did not meet criteria for withdrawal of care."

Emergency Gall Bladder Surgeries May Come with Increased Risk

A study of gall bladder surgeries at a large hospital in a major U.S. city performed over an 8-month stretch identified 22 patients with a total of 35 complications. Eighteen of the 22 were undergoing emergency surgery. More than 90 percent of night-time procedures were emergencies. Surgeries after 7 p.m. and those on older male patients were linked to increased risk of complications.

How safe are robotic surgeries?

As some South Carolina readers may be aware, robotic surgery has been steadily growing in popularity. As the number of robotic surgeries increases, so does the potential for surgical errors, according to some critics. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of problems with several different types of robotic surgeries, including cuts, infections and burns. There have been 89 deaths reported since 2007.

Man sues after surgical errors destroy his nose

South Carolina individuals who are considering cosmetic surgery may be interested in the case of an Oklahoma man who is suing for a nose job nightmare. A 35-year-old man is seeking damages against his surgeon for an unknown amount after numerous surgical errors caused his nose to become deformed.

Medical error at well-known hospital

A 76-year-old man who went into a well-known hospital to have a kidney removed came out of the surgery with one less body part; however, it was the wrong one. Although it is not clear what happened in the surgery, what is clear is that a physician took the wrong kidney out of the man. Medical errors can occur anywhere, including South Carolina.

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