This month we are looking at errors that can occur during surgery.A surgical error can occur at any time before, during or after surgery. The errors can range from an operation not being carried out correctly or appropriately, to the patient suffering a post-operative infection. The majority of the time, these errors are not seen or identified until they cause complication and, as a result, patients may be left with life changing symptoms.
In addition, some patients are not provided with sufficient information as to the risks and benefits of the intended procedure, or what alternative treatment options are available to them. They could therefore be proceeding to surgery without being aware of the potential consequences of doing so.