Amputation – Medical Malpractice
Unfortunately, negligence during amputations are becoming increasingly common. Whether it is the result of an improperly trained surgeon, a rushed surgery, or any number of factors, negligence can make this difficult process even harder.
An amputation is the surgical removal of an extremity. The amputation procedure varies depending on which extremity the surgery is being performed on, as well as how much bone and tissue needs to be removed. Other factors, such as an individual’s overall health, any pre-existing diseases, and other conditions, can affect how the surgery is approached. A physician will decide the level of amputation required, based upon the healing potential of the limb. He will also take into account any diseases which could affect patient recovery, as well as the overall damage to the area.
During the actual amputation, the damaged tissue is removed, as well as any damaged bone. The surgical team will ensure that the maximum amount of healthy tissue is left behind, while also sealing off any blood vessels and nerve endings. After the amputation has been completed, the physician will decide whether to leave the area open, or to close it off if no further amputation is required.
The amputation process can give rise to a number of complications and life threatening conditions if not performed properly. Patients with advanced heart disease, diabetes, or other conditions, may be at a greater risk for developing post surgical complications. A patient can also develop serious complications as a result of the surgical team being negligent.
The most common forms of surgical negligence involve the amputation of an incorrect extremity, further amputation than necessary, and an improperly performed amputation. Negligence which has resulted in an incorrectly performed amputation, can cause a patient to experience pain in the amputation area due to damaged nerves. Unfortunately, this pain is often chronic and can last for the rest of the patient’s life. If any of these relate to an amputation you have had performed, you may be entitled to compensation. Further, if you developed an infection requiring further amputation, you may also be entitled to compensation.
An amputation can often be a life changing event. This process can be very hard on an individual, often requiring significant rehabilitation time. Negligence on the part of the surgical team performing the amputation can make this healing process even more difficult. If you believe you have been the victim of negligence, contact the Teal Law Group today for a free consultation.