When you think of surgery, your mind probably jumps to heart bypass surgery or maybe brain surgery. Yes, those are two types of surgery, but they hardly represent the wide range of procedures millions of people undergo each year.

In fact, many procedures are not as major as those. Yes, all surgeries have risks, but some are less invasive and have moved from being performed in a hospital setting to surgical centers.

But how safe are surgical centers? Are they as equipped to handle complications?

If you need a Camden surgical center malpractice attorney, you can turn to The Weitz Firm, LLC for help. We will work to secure the compensation you deserve.

The Surgi-Centers

In the more than 5,600 surgical centers in the United States, we know that there are problems. These surgical centers exist because there is money to be made in performing less invasive procedures away from the hospital setting. Not only is the cost lower for the patient (still expensive), these centers can also save money due to more lax regulations.

One thing you do not want when you are having a surgical procedure is “lax regulations.”

Think about the following:

  • Scope of colon, bladder, urethra, etc.
  • Prostate needle biopsy
  • Surgical removal of kidney stone
  • Cataract removal
  • Hammertoe correction
  • Knee surgery

Those are just some of the common procedures performed at surgical centers.

We get it, they do not look like they need a full hospital.

But are these surgical centers equipped to handle a major complication, something that is a risk during any surgery?

Unfortunately, these surgical centers are not usually equipped to handle major medical emergencies. There have been times when the staff of these centers has to call 911 to get a patient transported from the center to a real hospital.

There are more than 4,000 preventable mistakes that occur during surgery each year, and those are just the major complications like “never events” (wrong part, wrong person). The consequences of these surgical errors are temporary injuries (59%), permanent injuries (33%), and death (6.6%).

Surgical centers should operate at a high level of care and offer the same emergency options that regular hospitals do. Medicare studies these facilities and what they have to say about surgi-centers is telling:

“They have neither patient safety standards consistent with those in place for hospitals, nor are they required to have the trained staff and equipment needed to provide the breadth of intensity of care.”

What Happens Next?

If you or a loved one were harmed during a procedure at a surgical center, consider seeking legal assistance. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we know that recovering from any surgery is hard, but if there were complications that were due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for your injuries. We will work to secure compensation for your incident-related medical expenses, lost income if you have to miss work, as well as pain and suffering damages. When you need a medical malpractice attorney in Camden, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.

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