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Medical Malpractice and Unnecessary Surgeries

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los angeles medical malpractice lawyerWhen you agree to have a surgical procedure, you are putting a lot of trust in the doctor who recommended the procedure. In most cases, this trust is well-placed. The vast majority of doctors will not tell a patient they need surgery unless that is really the case. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous surgeons out there who will perform surgeries that are not medically called for. This may be accidental, or it may be done purposely for profit. Either way, it is extremely dangerous and can amount to medical malpractice

No surgery comes without risks, so performing one without a compelling medical reason puts patients in harm’s way. If you had surgery done and are now unsure that it was needed, you should speak to a medical malpractice attorney to see whether you might have a claim. 

What Are the Risks of Unnecessary Surgery? 

An ethical doctor will balance the risks and benefits of a surgical procedure to determine whether having surgery is in the patient’s best interest. If there is no real medical benefit to the surgery, it should not be performed, period. Risks of needless surgery include: 

  • Infection - Surgical site infections can become incredibly serious, resulting in prolonged hospitalizations, sepsis, and even death. 

  • Disfigurement - Surgical scarring is frequently permanent. When it turns out that surgery was unnecessary, any disfigurement caused by the incisions can be extremely upsetting. 

  • Complications - Depending on what type of surgery was performed, the litany of potential complications can have life-altering consequences. 

Why Are Unnecessary Surgeries Performed?

Unnecessary surgeries may be performed for a variety of reasons, ranging from innocent mistakes to malicious profit-driven conduct. Common causes of unneeded surgery include: 

  • Misdiagnosis - Misdiagnosis can itself be a form of malpractice. It can also lead to patients having needless surgeries to treat a condition they do not have. 

  • Profit - It is rare, but some unscrupulous surgeons will lie and convince any patient who can pay that surgery is needed. 

  • No consent - Doctors are required to get informed consent before performing surgical procedures. In some cases, surgeons may mislead patients, whether intentionally or not. This can lead to patients consenting to surgeries they would not have agreed to if they were appropriately informed of the procedure’s benefits and risks. 

If you are starting to suspect that your surgery was not medically necessary, it is best to visit a different doctor who has no professional connections to your surgery for a second opinion. If your second opinion suggests that you had needless surgery, it may be time to call a lawyer. 

Call a Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you were the victim of unnecessary surgery, Tahmazian Law Firm, P.C. may be able to recover compensation for you. Our firm is dedicated to fighting for people injured by medical malpractice. Call 818-242-8201 for a free consultation with one of our experienced Los Angeles medical malpractice attorneys

 

Source:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5234149/

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