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Safeguarding against medical malpractice before you have surgery

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Before undergoing surgery, patients may naturally experience a mix of emotions, from anxiety to hope for improved health. Amid these feelings, the concern for medical malpractice, though unpleasant, is a valid consideration. Medical errors caused by negligent providers can lead to devastating outcomes, and this kind of professional mistreatment is usually out of patients’ hands.

With that said, surgical patients can take proactive steps to minimize risks and more effectively protect themselves before they go under. Here we’ll discuss a few.

Tips to keep in mind

If you are undergoing a surgical procedure in the near future, there are a few things that you can do to safeguard your health and safety more effectively while you’re being treated.

First, everyone show know that informed consent is a fundamental right and an important step in safeguarding against medical malpractice. Make sure that you fully understand the nature of the surgery, the reasons it’s necessary, the expected benefits and potential risks or complications. Do not hesitate to ask for detailed explanations or seek a second opinion if something is unclear or concerns arise.

Second, researching the credentials and reputation of your health care provider and facilities is generally a very good idea. Look for surgeons and hospitals with a strong track record of performing the specific procedure that you need. This information is often available through medical boards or online reviews. A provider’s history of malpractice suits can be a red flag, indicating a need to consider alternative options.

Finally, be sure to communicate openly and thoroughly with your surgical team. This includes discussing any allergies, current medications and past medical history. Transparency can help to ensure that the team can plan for the safest surgical approach and anticipate potential complications. Additionally, discussing the post-surgery recovery process and follow-up care is crucial for a smoother and more informed recovery journey.

While patients should never be blamed for negative outcomes caused by medical malpractice, they are not powerless over their care. By being an active participant in your pre-surgical journey, you can better ensure that your interests will be protected as you move forward.