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Nerve Damage After Surgery

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Updated March 4, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |


The nerves in your body play a crucial role in your body’s function. In fact, the nervous system is how your brain communicates with the rest of your body, allowing it to control other areas. Nerves carry signals back to the brain about everything from pain and temperature to texture and balance.

Unfortunately, when a nerve is damaged, that communication pathway is interrupted, and the consequences can be severe.

How Nerve Damage Occurs

During surgery, nerve damage can be caused directly or indirectly.

Directly: Surgical Errors

Surgical errors, such as an incision in the wrong place or contact between a surgical instrument and nerve tissue, can lead to significant nerve damage. If the accidental severing or slicing of a nerve occurs, it may not be able to be repaired.

Indirectly: Anesthesia Errors

An anesthesia mistake can cause severe nerve damage. For example, if a needle used to administer regional anesthesia damages a cluster of nerves in the spine, those nerves can be damaged. Additionally, nerve damage can occur if a patient under general anesthesia is placed in a position that causes them to pinch a nerve or restricts blood flow to the nerves.

Symptoms of Surgical Nerve Damage

Nerve damage can manifest in many ways. Depending on the type and severity of the nerve damage, you can experience a variety of symptoms, including the following:

  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Pain
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Paralysis
  • Pins-and-needles feeling
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Incontinence and digestive issues
  • Loss of motor function
  • Loss of balance and coordination

Most of these symptoms can have long-term and debilitating impacts on your quality of life, and some may be incurable.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, contact the Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you and your family 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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