Close to 700,000 inguinal or femoral hernias are repaired every year in the United States. And, over 20 million cases are reported worldwide each year. It is reported that the mortality rate for hernia repair is just 0.1 percent after elective surgery, which shoots up to about 2.8 - 3.1 percent after an urgent surgery.
Before we get into hernia surgery malpractice, it is important to know what is a hernia and how it is treated. Hernia refers to a part of an organ, like your intestine, bowel, or urinary bladder, pushing through the abdominal wall and protruding outside the muscle and membrane. You can either be diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, where the organ protruding is located in the stomach, or you can have inguinal hernia, where the organ protrudes in the groin region.
Hernia usually occurs when the muscles and tissues in the abdominal wall are weak and you have a family history of hernia. You can also develop a hernia due to pregnancy, obesity, surgery, or injury. Hernia is quite painful and causes swelling and tenderness in the area affected.
Treatment for Hernia
The most common treatment for a hernia is surgery. Here, the surgeon repositions the protruding organ and repairs the tear in the membrane and tissue. A surgery can prevent dangerous complications as a result of the hernia.
The surgery can be an open surgery, which is invasive, or a laparoscopic surgery, which is not as invasive and offers minimum downtime and faster recuperation. Both forms of surgery are effective and the doctor chooses one type depending on the kind of hernia you have.
Risks and Complications of Hernia Surgery
In any surgery, there are risks. The same holds true for a hernia surgery, especially if you have to have the surgery under general anesthesia. You can end up having an allergic reaction to the medication or even suffer from severe breathlessness. However, the most common risk of a hernia surgery is the hernia recurring after a few years.
The stellar news is surgeons can take measures, like putting in a surgical mesh to provide extra support to the weak muscles and membrane. Also, the chances of recurrence get reduced significantly if the surgeon is highly experienced.
Hernia Surgery Malpractice: When You need to Consult a Medical Malpractice Attorney?
Sometimes, while performing a hernia surgery, the patient can get injured during the procedure. As a result, the patient reduces more surgeries to rectify the damage or resolve the injury. This can cause you to miss work, sustain additional pain and take a long time to heal.
If you or a loved one has experienced this situation, you should consult a medical malpractice attorney right away. You could get compensated for loss of salary, and the pain and suffering you have endured due to a careless surgeon.
Be sure to select a medical malpractice attorney who has sufficient experience in handling similar cases. Consulting the right attorney will allow you understand what constitute medical negligence and how you can win the compensation you deserve. In New York, Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff, & Wolff law firm should your first and last choice. We have helped many clients get compensated when they have been victims of medical negligence. The first meeting is free!
We offer the first consultation free and when we accept your case, we never ask for any payment or advance. Instead, after you win the settlement, we only take a percentage. So you never have to worry about paying us as a result. So call us today at 212-344-1000 to speak to one of our highly judicious and sensational medical malpractice attorneys.
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