Surgeries, like all medical procedures, carry a host of risks. While a patient may accept those risks, they do not accept surgical errors. Though not all mistakes in healthcare are preventable, a large majority of those mistakes that occur during surgery are.
Unnecessary surgery has been the main object of speculation and accusation over the past few years. There have been numerous articles and publications regarding claims of unnecessary surgery. A recent article published by USA Today stated that unnecessary surgeries are on the rise, but that the reason behind these unnecessary procedures is not greed; instead, it is a lack of training in less-invasive methods – or outright incompetence by the physician. It is true that there are some surgeons that will perform surgery simply to increase their profit, but this is not the main cause for unnecessary surgeries.
Patients should get a second opinion any time a non-emergency surgery is proposed by a physician. This can ease any concerns regarding unnecessary procedures and can ensure all non-invasive alternatives have been explored. There are also specific surgeries that are reported to be performed more often than necessary, including:
Unnecessary surgery is serious, and can cost a patient thousands in deductibles and recovery costs. When these surgeries are unnecessary and cause the patient unnecessary harm or injury, physicians must be held accountable. Berkowitz and Hanna LLC can assist you with your medical malpractice claim. Contact our attorneys online or call us to request a consultation.