When you feel unexplained pain, develop a chronic cough or notice a lump, you may see a doctor, go to an urgent care center or the emergency room. Despite the severity of your condition, in all cases you expect a medical professional to identify the issue and provide appropriate treatment.
According to the FDA, there are more than one million annual surgeries to correct a hernia and 90 percent of them use a mesh patch. Varying complications occur for nearly one-third of all patients, from localized pain to life-threatening bowel perforations, requiring repair or complete mesh removal.
In recent years, silicone-based injectables have been discovered to have serious or life-threatening side effects. It may not be surprising that the FDA issued a warning earlier this year about rare but potentially deadly cancer risks for patients with certain types of breast implants.
If you’ve been scheduled for a major surgical procedure within the past few years, a doctor has likely brought up the option of robotically assisted surgery. When you’ve seen advertisements for world-class hospitals, these capabilities may appear to place the facility and its doctors above the competition.
When we’re admitted to the hospital for sickness or injury, we assume the system works to keep us safe. As patients, we do not expect to develop infections or experience a medical error during a hospital stay. Yet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement reports as many as 440,000 annual deaths from preventable hospital mistakes.