Somerset County Surgical Error Attorneys representing injured clients across Central New Jersey
For many, cosmetic surgery is an often emotional decision in addition to a significant financial investment. Those who want to improve themselves may contemplate surgery for years before actually having a procedure. The popularity of plastic surgery procedures has enticed many doctors, without experience, to expand their practices to include cosmetic procedures. However, as a patient, it is critical to choose an experienced cosmetic surgeon. With that said, even a surgeon with excellent credentials can make mistakes and even serious errors that can impact your life and health for good.
If you have suffered injuries due to negligence of a medical professional and you believe that you may have a medical malpractice claim, The Law Office of Brian. J Levine is here to help. You may be entitled to receive compensation for the injuries you suffered as a consequence of medical malpractice. Our attorneys are prepared to discuss the details of your case and offer a comforting and guiding hand through the legal process. Don´t hesitate to contact us online or through our Somerville, NJ office at (908) 524-0123.
Common Complications and Errors in Cosmetic Surgery
Here are some of the most common complications and errors that may arise during cosmetic surgery due to the negligence, inexperience, or incompetence of a medical professional and have ultimately led to medical malpractice claims:
- Anesthesia Errors – Whenever a patient is put under general anesthesia, serious complications can occur. Anesthesia errors can happen when an anesthesiologist administers the wrong type or the wrong dosage of a drug. These mistakes can also occur when doctors fail to do their due diligence and check a patient’s medical history for allergies or known drug complications.
- Post Operation Infection – Post operation infection is a risk regardless of the type of surgery. In severe cases, a patient may develop an antibiotic-resistant infection. This could lead to systemic organ failure and even death. Failure to maintain sterile equipment and a hygienic environment can significantly increase the risk of post-op infection for patients.
- Pulmonary Embolism – A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels to the lungs. It is extremely serious and in some cases can cause almost instant death. While in some cases a pulmonary embolism is not preventable, it can also occur when doctors and other medical professionals fail to monitor a patient during and after surgery properly.
- Blood Loss – Hemorrhage is another risk that can occur as a result of any type of surgery. However, massive bleeding can also be caused by a doctor’s mistake or inexperience.
- Damage to Organs – Depending on the cosmetic procedure, doctors may need to operate close to a patient’s major organs. If an inexperienced doctor cuts or otherwise damages an organ or major blood vessel, a patient can suffer dangerous bleeding as well as severe and long-term complications.
The Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures
There is no such thing as routine surgery. No matter what the medical procedure, it’s essential for patients to understand their risks. It’s also important to have a doctor who is knowledgeable, experienced and skilled.
In the United States, specific cosmetic procedures are much more popular than others. These include:
- Breast augmentation – over 290,000 procedures per year.
- Liposuction – over 235,000 procedures per year.
- Nose reshaping – more than 223,000 procedures per year.
- Eyelid surgeries – over 209,000 procedures per year.
- Facelifts – more than 131,000 procedures per year.
Common “Minimally Invasive” Cosmetic Procedures
There are also several common “minimally invasive” cosmetic procedures, which don’t require hospitalization or general anesthesia. However, it is important to remember that minimally invasive does not mean risk-free. These procedures include Botox injections, soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal, and microdermabrasion. A complication can range from burning, edema, extreme swelling, difficulties with vision, scarring, pigmentation changes in the skin, all the way to very serious infections.
Research the Medical Professional and the Hospital Prior to Deciding on a Procedure
Research shows that complications are more likely to occur when a medical professional lacks proper training and experience. For this reason, it is absolutely critical that patients do their research not only on the procedure they are thinking about having but on the doctor and hospital where you would like to have it done. Your doctor should have all the required training in your procedure as well as an extensive history of success with your particular procedure. Furthermore, the doctor and hospital should be fully equipped to handle any complications or emergencies that may arise during or after your surgery.
Talk to a Bridgewater Medical Malpractice Attorney today
You may have some questions such as, How am I going to fully recover? How am I going to pay all these unexpected medical bills that just keep piling up? For those who face such difficult questions due to medical negligence in a cosmetic procedure, we strongly recommend looking for legal representation.
Choosing the right attorney will be a key factor in your case and will likely have a significant impact on achieving an optimal resolution of your case and help maximize the amount rewarded for damages. We invite you to contact The Law Office of Brian J. Levine today to schedule a free and confidential consultation regarding your medical malpractice case at (908) 524-0123.