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How your doctor can help you stay safe during and after surgery

Preparing for surgery can be stressful. You might be worried about the outcome or about going under with anesthesia. Perhaps you're worried about other issues as well, such as who will care for your children at home while you're in the hospital. While there's no guarantee that everything will go as you hope, you can at least rely on your medical team to do their job right in a best-case scenario.

There are certain problem issues that can arise at any time. However, if your medical team is on-task, they can help you prevent or overcome many potentially life-threatening situations. Sadly, medical negligence results in serious patient injuries in Indiana and other states throughout the country.

Problems that can arise during or following surgical procedures

The licensed medical professionals caring for you before, during and after surgery receive special training to recognize signs of patient distress. If any of the issues on the following list were to arise, it should prompt immediate medical attention:

  • When a surgeon makes an incision on your body, you are immediately at risk for infection. It's up to your medical team to closely observe your condition and to recognize any signs of infection so they can administer immediate treatment.
  • Depending on the type of surgery you have, if your surgeon makes a mistake, you might suffer nerve damage. Signs of such injury would include numbness, weakness or tingling in your extremities or other body parts.
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome is a severe surgical injury that would most likely present itself through pain that lasts a lot longer than the typically expected amount of time.
  • Bleeding too much or suffering blood clots are also injuries that often occur during surgery.
  • You may have an adverse reaction to anesthesia or to medication given to you before or after your operation.
  • In worst cases, patients can die during surgery or while receiving post-op care.

Various scenarios may end with you having surgery. For instance, you might schedule an elective procedure with a plastic surgeon or for some other non-urgent condition. If you're in a car accident or other emergency situation, you might not even be conscious when a surgeon makes the decision to operate on you. Then again, you might have an ongoing health problem that your doctor has recommended surgery to treat.

When negligence leads to errors

It's one thing if your doctor informs you of a certain surgical risk and it happens. It's quite another if you suffer illness or injury because your surgeon or another medical team member was negligent. The latter may be grounds for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in an Indiana civil court.

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