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What to Do If You Were Subjected to an Unnecessary Surgery

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Updated August 24, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |


Surgical malpractice is a scary topic. Images of unsanitary instruments spreading infection, patients waking up from anesthesia too early, or a careless surgeon causing nerve damage may come to mind. Unnecessary surgical malpractice is another type of surgical error that can have devastating results for victims.

Unnecessary major surgeries and other invasive procedures not only lead to enormous financial waste—they can also exact steep costs in health and quality of life.

The Dangers of Unnecessary Surgery

There are many potential consequences related to unnecessary surgical procedures:

  • Surgical complications (infections, blood clots, paralysis, etc.)
  • Unnecessary loss of organs or organ functioning
  • Surgical scars and other cosmetic blemishes
  • Need for follow-up surgeries and other procedures
  • Overall diminished health and quality of life
  • Death

On top of physical, mental, and emotional damages, economic costs could include enormous medical bills and lost wages from days or even months of missed work.

Unnecessary surgical procedures also lead to a profound loss of trust. Patients depend on doctors to look out for them and their best interests, and an unnecessary surgical procedure violates that trust.

How to Tell If Your Surgical Procedure Was Unnecessary

Some patients have discovered they underwent unnecessary surgery because they received secondary opinions. Other patients experienced some sort of complication, prompting them to look more closely into the circumstances surrounding their surgery.

Trust your gut. If you have suspicions about your surgery, communicate with your medical team and, if necessary, get a second opinion.

What to Do After Unnecessary Surgical Malpractice

Proving that a surgery was, in fact, unnecessary can be complicated, so we recommend seeking legal counsel.

An experienced medical malpractice attorney can examine your case and help you determine if you should proceed with a lawsuit. Your legal team will take many factors into account—medical records, expert witness testimony, and other types of evidence—to establish whether your surgical procedure was performed unnecessarily.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

If you believe that you or a loved one have been subjected to an unnecessary surgical procedure, contact the attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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