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Identifying Surgical Mistakes and Understanding Your Legal Options

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5/1/2016
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Which Surgeries Lead to the most Complications?

A new study shows seven emergency surgeries patients should try to avoid. These seven types of procedures account for 80 percent of all hospital admissions

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11/2/2015
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Medication Errors During Surgery

The mistakes included drug labeling errors, incorrect dosing, drug documentation mistakes, and/or failing to properly treat changes in a patient's vital signs

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8/31/2015
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Sleepless Surgeons; Does it Affect Surgical Outcomes?

The study surprisingly showed that the risk of death or complications after surgery was no more likely if the surgeon pulled a midnight shift before

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6/13/2015
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Surgical Safety Studies

How safe is surgery today? More importantly, how common are surgical errors?

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5/24/2015
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Pre-Surgery Education Lacking for Patients

Positive correlation between patient education and post-surgery outcomes is good news for patients and has significant implications for healthcare providers

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4/4/2015
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Is it Important to have an Experienced Surgeon?

Experts are urging patients to research their surgeons (to see how many surgeons they have performed and what their fatality rates are) before picking one

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4/1/2015
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Botched Operation: Forceps Left in Abdomen

A woman’s surgeon accidentally left forceps in her abdomen after her surgery. Case study in Spain of a retained foreign body during surgery.

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3/17/2015
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What are your Chances of Surviving a Risky Surgery?

Experts say the chance of surviving any of four high-risk surgeries can vary by as much as 23 percent depending on what hospital patients use, according to

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2/27/2015
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Are New Surgeons Skilled Enough to Operate on You?

Surgery is known to have many risks. What if on top of the risks that surgery already poses, your surgeon did not have enough training? A new report shows that

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2/20/2015
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Superbug Found on Medical Instruments Contributes to Death

some medical instruments used in various endoscopies were not cleaned properly, causing a superbug from the instruments to spread to multiple patients; CRE

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2/11/2015
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Study shows importance of removing blood clots after stroke

Researchers are emphasizing the importance of removing blood clots after strokes as they often block blood flow to a patient’s brain.

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1/16/2015
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Heart valve study reveals patients not told about risks

Research shows that U.S. hospitals are telling their patients about all of the benefits involved with valve replacement but none of the risks.

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1/4/2015
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What Should Doctors be doing for Kidney Transplant Candidates?

Kidney transplants from living donors give the best recipient survival outcomes according to the study. The study also found that shortages of deceased donor

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12/24/2014
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"It's a Known, Recognized Risk of Surgery," the Surgeon Said

The fact that a patient signed a consent form that has preprinted information saying that there are risks of surgery, is not a license to the doctor to violate

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12/9/2014
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Where should you go if you have problems after surgery?

Research shows that patients who go back to the same hospital where their surgery took place have a higher survival rate than patients who go elsewhere.

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11/15/2014
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Is Knee Replacement Surgery Worth it?

But there is mounting evidence that knee-replacement surgery may be too appealing. The research also shows that many people thinking about having surgery would

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11/8/2014
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Which Type of Weight Loss Surgery is Best?

Study found that gastric bypass surgery generates much greater weight loss than an alternative adjustable gastric band. However not everything is so rosy

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9/18/2014
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How Joan Rivers Likely Died-Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains

Joan Rivers' untimely death here in NY is big news. Was it medical malpractice that caused her to die? Learn more from an experienced malpractice lawyer.

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9/1/2014
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Joan Rivers Suffers Heart Attack During Surgical Procedure

Comedian Joan Rivers was in the news after suffering a heart attack after surgical procedure to her throat. Her daughter is believed to be considering a lawsuit

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7/31/2014
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He Woke Up with a Colostomy Bag-Valid Malpractice Case in NY?

He went in for a routine colonoscopy. He woke up two days later in the surgical intensive care unit with a colostomy bag. He wanted to know if he had a case.

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7/24/2014
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Surgeon tells me he wants out of this lawsuit

The surgeon wanted nothing to do with defending this lawsuit. He didn't want to appear for a deposition. He didn't want to go to trial. He wanted to treat patients

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7/24/2014
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Is Robotic Surgery Better than Conventional Surgery?

The newest, latest and greatest technology for performing surgery is now being questioned about the benefits compared to conventional surgery. Find out why...

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3/16/2014
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Why I Discontinued a Lawsuit Against a New York Anesthesiologist

Why I Discontinued a Lawsuit Against a New York Anesthesiologist

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11/28/2013
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Faxed Medical Records Allowed Me To Prove Doctor Was Lying

Two days after the patient last saw her surgeon, she asked for a copy of her medical records. She wanted to go to another doctor. The doctor faxed the patient

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4/2/2013
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Risks of Laparoscopic GYN Surgery

Our medical experts tell us that injuries can occur upon insertion of a needle when beginning laparoscopic GYN surgery. If the surgeon fails to timely recognize and treat that injury,

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