Back problems are common in the U.S., where more than 600,000 patients have back surgery each year. Many of these patients have unsatisfactory results from the operation and a small, but significant, number of patients will suffer serious injuries from a surgical mistake.
One of these victims, a 75-year-old man, recently won his medical malpractice lawsuit after surgery left him completely paralyzed in his quadriceps. He successfully proved that his surgeon inserted a surgical screw into the wrong location in his spinal canal. A second, corrective operation was unsuccessful in alleviating his paralysis.
The victim recovered $725,000, but money cannot bring back his mobility and independence.
The sad story reminds us that not all surgeons are equal. All surgeries, even minor outpatient operations, come with risks. While the potential risk can never be completely eliminated, it helps to have an experienced surgical team with an excellent reputation.