Injury During Spinal Surgery

Spinal surgeries can be very long and involved procedures.  Despite the fact that it is not common, patients are at risk of a spinal injury during surgery – such as nerve root or spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis, numbness, loss of bladder and/or bowel function, limited mobility or disabling pain. Sometimes the hardware implanted during spinal surgery, such as metal screws and plates, is negligently placed and pinches, punctures or severs spinal nerves or…

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Accidental Burns During Surgery

Many times a patient will go in for a routine operation performed under general anesthesia but may come out of surgery with a 3rd or 4th-degree burn injury as a result of an operating room error. An electrical, or electrocautery, burn can occur when the grounding pad for electrical surgical equipment is improperly placed, or placed on wet skin, sending electricity through the grounding pad and into the patient – whose skin is overheated to…

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Compartment Syndrome, Post-Operative Onset

Compartment syndrome is a potentially devastating post-operative complication in which increased pressure results in insufficient blood supply to muscle and nerve tissue within the effected internal space. Causes of compartment syndrome in the post-operative patient include: being left too long in a position during surgery that blocked one or more blood vessels; or, having bandages or casts too tightly applied. This medical condition can arise in response to bleeding and/or swelling in any area of…

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Paralysis Caused By Spinal Surgery

An ideal outcome in spinal surgery is dependent of the coordination of efforts by the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and neurophysiologist. Because patients are under general anesthesia during surgery, techniques for examining the nervous system for potential injuries can be somewhat limited. Intraoperative spinal cord monitoring (IOM) allows the surgeon to record the electrical signals transferred along the spinal cord and use this recording to prevent neural irritation or spinal cord injury during surgery. Electrodes are placed…

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Injury During Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally. Because more people die annually from heart disease than from any other cause, it is important to take preventative measures to examine how well your heart is working. Diagnostic procedures and medical tests are commonly performed by medical professionals to monitor the heart and keep people from suffering fatal heart attacks. Cardiac catheterization, a procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions, involves inserting…

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Perforation of Small Intestine During Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, commonly referred to as a “lap choly,” is a procedure that involves removing the gallbladder. A patient may need removal if the gallbladder is full of gallstones (cholelithiasis), inflamed, or infected (cholecystitis). When a lap choly is needed, laparoscopic techniques are used to perform this minimally invasive surgery with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments. The laparoscopic incisions, each one about ½” in size, limit the surgeon’s view of…

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Abdominal Injury During Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is one of the most common abdominal surgical procedures performed around the world. It is a minimally invasive surgery, which a surgeon performs by making several small incisions, each one about ½” in size, through which surgical instruments are inserted. Minimizing the size of the surgical incision greatly reduces the patient’s post-operative healing time, decreases the patient’s risk of developing a post-operative hernia, and minimizes surgical scars. Unfortunately, the very small size of the…

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Colonoscopies Help Millions of People Annually, But What Can Go Wrong? medical malpractice lawyers baltimore, baltimore medical mistake law firm, surgical mistake attorney baltimore, maryland medical malpractice lawyer, colonoscopies, colonoscopy injury, colon perforation

There are over 14 million colonoscopies performed annually. This can be a life-saving procedure for many individuals. Colonoscopy exams allow doctors to go inside the large intestine and the colon with flexible tubing attached to a small video recorder. The purpose is usually to use the video image from the recorder to identify polyps, ulcers, cancer or pre-cancerous growths. Tissue samples can also be collected and polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy. Each year,…

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Sleep Apnea Sufferers Have a Higher Risk of Hypoxia During Surgery Medical malpractice lawyers, Baltimore medical malpractice law firm, medical error, Pneumonia, sleep apnea, Baltimore medical error law firm, hospital mistakes, negligence

Sleep apnea is a disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while the individual is asleep. Since it is a disruption to REM sleep, those affected often feel fatigued during the day or wake up with headaches and have difficulty with irritability and paying attention. It is also uncontrollable, which can make it potentially dangerous to those who suffer from it. Sleep apnea can cause complications when a patient is put under anesthesia for surgery….

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Medical Professionals Often Fail to Diagnose Pulmonary Embolism pulmonary embolism, baltimore medical malpractice lawyer, baltimore medical mistake law firm, deep vein thrombosis, medical error lawyers maryland, maryland medical malpractice lawyer

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States, where it is estimated that at least 100,000 Americans die of PE every year. Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels to the lungs, where it gets stuck and blocks blood flow, causing fluid and pressure buildup, damage to lung tissue and, in serious cases, cardiac arrest and sudden death. The blood clots which travel to the lungs to become…

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