Unnecessary surgery is one of the leading malpractices that occur in hospitals. Reports show that surgery is the second most common cause of medical malpractice lawsuits.
Examples of common unnecessary surgeries include C-sections, heart surgeries, hysterectomies (removal of the uterus), spine surgery, gallbladder removal and knee surgeries.
So, why do they happen?
This guide discusses two reasons a surgeon may perform a procedure that’s not needed or one that’s not in the patient’s best interest when compared with other options.
It’s the way of doing things
Undoubtedly, medicine has standard procedures that physicians follow during treatment. Nonetheless, surgeons should embrace new ways of doing things, particularly when a procedure has proved harmful or has minimal to no changes after being performed.
For example, gallbladder removal may only be necessary when you have repeated gallstone attacks and the pain is severe or your gallbladder or the pancreas is inflamed. Absent severe symptoms, this surgery may be unnecessary.
Further, a change in lifestyle and medications and nonsurgical procedures may address some heart-related issues. Heart surgery is not always the primary solution unless you have a serious condition.
Hospitals make a significant percentage of their profits from surgery patients, from the procedure to lengthy stays. Unfortunately, some incentivize surgeons to perform unnecessary procedures for such financial gain. While most decline to do this, some may agree, harming patients and breaching their ethics.
In addition, performing certain surgeries may make a hospital renowned in the respective field and eventually bring in more patients.
Surgeons have a crucial and rewarding career because they help many people get needed treatment. However, some may harm you by performing unnecessary procedures. If you have experienced this medical malpractice type, learn more about your case to protect your rights.