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6 common injuries that can occur during surgery

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2023 | blog, Medical Malpractice

When you need surgery, you put your faith and life in the hands of medical professionals.

While there are always risks, patients may encounter unexpected injuries during surgery, ranging from minor complications to more severe outcomes, which could create life-altering consequences.

1. Nerve damage

Surgery near nerves can sometimes result in nerve damage. Patients may experience numbness, weakness, or pain in the affected area. In some cases, nerve damage can be permanent, affecting the patient’s quality of life.

2. Organ damage

Surgery often involves manipulating or cutting tissues and organs. Accidental damage to nearby organs can occur, leading to complications that may require additional procedures or extended recovery time.

3. Anesthesia complications

Anesthesia is an important component of surgery, but it can also pose risks. Patients may experience adverse reactions, such as allergies or respiratory issues, during or after surgery. Anesthesia-related complications require swift intervention.

4. Blood clots

During surgery, patients are often immobile for extended periods. This can increase the risk of blood clots forming in the legs, deep vein thrombosis, or traveling to the lungs, pulmonary embolism.

5. Respiratory Issues

Surgery can sometimes affect the respiratory system, particularly if the patient has underlying lung conditions. Post-operative breathing difficulties may require additional treatments and extended hospital stays.

6. Scarring

Surgical incisions result in scars, but excessive scarring can be a concern, particularly in cosmetic surgeries. Surgeons employ various techniques to minimize scarring, but individual healing responses vary.

When getting healed results in more injuries, patients have rights. From 2012 to 2022, 16,845 New Yorkers received medical malpractice payments.


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