The time may come in your life when you’re faced with the challenge of deciding for or against a surgical procedure. This is a big decision, as it will impact you in a variety of ways (regardless of the path you follow).
There are many ways to put your mind at ease, starting with choosing the right surgeon. When you have a qualified surgeon on your side, you’ll feel more confident in their ability to achieve the desired result.
Before you arrive at the hospital for your procedure, it’s critical to get on the same page as your surgeon. And that often means asking a variety of questions. Here are a few to get you started:
- What is the goal of the procedure?
- How long does the procedure typically take?
- Are there any specific complications that you’re concerned about?
- Are there any alternative treatments that make more sense?
- What type of pain is associated with the procedure, upon waking up?
- How long does it typically take to make a full recovery?
These are the types of questions that can give you peace of mind, while also making it clear to your surgeon that you have concerns about your safety and well-being.
While you hope for the best, you also realize that something could go wrong during your procedure. Here are some of the most common forms of surgical malpractice:
- Removing the wrong organ or body part
- Object left behind in the body
- Organ puncture
- Anesthesia error
- Failure to monitor vital signs during the procedure
Should you or a loved one run into trouble during a surgical procedure, learn more about the cause and the steps your medical team took to protect you.
Depending on your findings, you may come to learn that your surgeon (or someone else) made a mistake that resulted in additional injury and medical risks.
In addition to receiving a second opinion and targeted follow-up care, don’t wait to learn more about your legal rights. There are steps you can take to hold the negligent medical provider responsible for their actions. Doing so can help you stabilize your life.