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Surgical Error Leads to Healthy Baby Mistakenly Receiving a Frenectomy

In December 2015, Jennifer Melton gave birth to a healthy baby boy at the University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tennessee. Nate was only a day old when he was taken for a surgical procedure that he was never meant to have. 

Nate was in the hospital’s nursery when he was taken by a nurse for a frenectomy whereby the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth was cut. This is a surgery that another child was meant to undergo to remediate his .

A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure of the mouth that removes one or both of the frena (connective tissue membrane that attaches one surface of the mouth to another). A lingual frenum is a connective tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. This is the frenum that is removed when a child has a “tongue tie” that affects their ability to speak and/or feed properly.

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Wrong Site Surgical Errors

Wrong Site Surgical Errors

have been commonplace since the dawn of medicine, however, in the 21st century age of rapid innovation, such errors are now and more likely to result in successful medical malpractice lawsuits than ever before.

What is a Wrong Site Surgical Error?

A error is a surgical error that involves surgeons operating on the wrong area of your body. This type of surgical error is severe, as its aftereffects can be both debilitating and deadly.

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Surgical Errors

Whilst many errors in healthcare are inevitable, surgical errors can often be the most debilitating. These events are termed “never events,” as they are errors which should never have occurred, and are indicative of alarming underlying safety issues. What Are Surgical Errors? In short, surgical errors are preventable mistakes made during surgery which can lead …

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Heart attacks, stroke a risk after noncardiac surgery

A study published in JAMA Cardiology shows that those who undergo noncardiac surgery may develop complications that lead to heart attacks, stroke and even death. New York residents who are hospitalized for non-heart-related surgery will want to know what’s involved in this trend; after all, more than 300 million noncardiac surgeries are performed worldwide every year.

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Failed back surgery syndrome causes, symptoms, treatments

Patients in New York who are suffering from new and chronic pain following spinal surgery should know that they may have what’s called failed back surgery syndrome. Patients who are suffering from the after-effects of neck surgery are also said to have FBSS.

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Filing Malpractice Lawsuits When Weight Loss Surgeries Go Wrong

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), in 2014, approximately 193,000 people in the United States had bariatric surgery. It’s estimated that accounting for 51.7% of weight loss surgeries, sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure in which about 80% of the stomach is removed, was found to be the most common type of …

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When gallbladder surgery leads to injuries

In an estimated 1 percent of all gallbladder operations, patients come away with some form of injury to their bile duct, the organ that leads bile from the liver to the gallbladder. Those in New York who are suffering from bile duct injuries should know that these could have resulted from malpractice.

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Brain Injury And Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

According to recent patient-safety research by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the current third leading cause of death in the United States is medical errors. The analysis of these researchers was published in the BMJ and revealed that medical errors in hospitals and other healthcare facilities claim 251,000 lives each year – more …

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Endoscopy Complications and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

According to the latest data on gastrointestinal (GI) diseases and symptoms, an estimated 60 to 70 million people in the United States are affected by gastrointestinal diseases each year. The most common gastrointestinal symptom that urged patients to walk into a clinic or hospital was abdominal pain – 15.9 million visits. The most common gastrointestinal …

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