It might be surprising and disturbing, but one of the most common surgical errors in operations is when a foreign body, such as a surgical instrument, is left inside the body after the operation has taken place.
During surgery, when electrical devices are used, patients can potentially incur burns and other injuries as a result of the electrical current. These injuries can be extremely painful and potentially life-threatening. This risk is particularly prevalent in laparoscopic surgery. The following are some frequently asked questions about stray energy injuries.
When undertaking an operation, the patient is administered anesthetic to block the pain of the operation and to send the patient to sleep. When a healthy patient goes for an operation and is given anesthetic from an experienced and competent surgeon, there is a very low risk that anything will go wrong -- one in 100,000 healthy people are expected to die as a result of anesthesia in a planned operation. Even more rare is the extremely acute risk of brain damage as a result of having anesthesia administered.
Using metal in hip replacements was once standard procedure. However, after thousands of surgeries were conducted, patients began complaining of unfortunate side effects. Upon further investigation, doctors often found metal parts that had broken off from the hip replacement in the body, and there were also problems with the toxicity of cobalt.
Transvaginal mesh implants have long been promised as a solution for women suffering from pelvic prolapse or from stress urinary incontinence. With very limited options to choose from, many women felt like going through this surgery was their only hope.
In the U.S., about 15 million people undergo one form of plastic surgery or another every year. Although plastic surgery is generally considered safe, accidents do happen.