Most people in Wisconsin have undergone some sort of surgical procedure that is considered routine. While such a procedure is not completely without risk, harm and complications are relatively rare. However, if a medical care provider is negligent, a patient can suffer. For example, a woman in another state claims that part of a surgical tool was left inside her after a procedure, an action that could potentially be a case of medical malpractice.
The woman underwent a tubal ligation and uterine ablation in April 2016, procedures that are described as common. While she expected to recover within days of the procedure, she claims that her condition worsened. She says that she began to experience heavy cramping and nausea.
Three different return trips to the doctor resulted in pelvic exams, and, eventually, a diagnosis of a vaginal infection. While a course of antibiotics momentarily improved her symptoms, she began to experience severe pain. At the emergency room, doctors discovered a surgical tip that had allegedly been left behind during the procedures in April. The woman questions how the tip could have been overlooked initially but also during the return visits to the doctor.
Unfortunately, many people in Wisconsin and across the country have suffered from medical malpractice. In fact, up to 4,000 people in America reportedly suffer as a result of medical devices that are left behind during surgical procedures each year. In some cases, this negligence can have serious consequences, resulting in serious infections and even death. Because victims can suffer financially as well physically, they choose to seek recompense by filing a civil lawsuit.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, “Woman’s Pain Mystery Solved When Surgical Tool Found Inside Her“, Sept. 28, 2016