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Thousands of surgeries needlessly performed each year

When a doctor recommends having surgery performed, you should be able to trust that he or she has considered all options, both surgical and non-surgical, and that surgery is the best course of action. Unfortunately, according to a recent report, many patients in New York and across the country undergo surgeries each year that are not necessary. This puts patients at risk for complications as a result of this form of doctor error.

The study reported as many as 10 to 20 percent of all surgeries performed were unnecessary. With any surgery, there are risks. Complications can cause a condition to worsen and in some cases, even result in death.

According to the report, some doctors needlessly perform surgeries to collect more money from patients’ insurance companies. In other cases, doctors were found to have performed surgeries they were not qualified to perform or experienced enough to recommend less invasive options.

When people successfully recover from a surgical procedure, they often assume the surgery was the best option for them. If they had known a different approach would have achieved the same results, they may have chosen the other option. Even though their health insurance will generally cover most surgical procedures, the patient still endures other costs that are related.

In other cases, complications do arise. Some people have had their lives dramatically changed following complications resulting from unnecessary surgery. When this happens, a person may wish to consult with a medical malpractice attorney who can help them understand their rights.

Source: USA Today, "Doctors perform thousands of unnecessary surgeries," Peter Eisler and Barbara Hansen, June 20, 2013

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