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Brain damage possible with plastic surgery

Individuals might seek plastic surgery services from New York professionals for various reasons, but it is important to understand the serious nature of any surgical procedure. Surgeries involving general anesthesia require careful monitoring of a patient's vital signs, and errors can have life-altering consequences. In some cases, inadequate oxygen can cause brain damage, and in other cases, anesthesia problems during surgery can lead to death.

Anesthesia errors may have contributed to brain damage suffered by a then 18-year-old woman who went through breast augmentation surgery. This was not her first instance of cosmetic surgery, but this one left her with limited mobility and speech. Reports indicate that the girl's blood pressure and heart rate took a sudden and severe turn for the worse during the procedure, which caused her to go into a coma.

The surgeon involved in the incident had a previous felony conviction for illegal drug activity. However, his medical license was not revoked at that time. In the case of the surgery, the physician settled with the family for $10,000 and was required to go through a period of continuing education. Meanwhile, the family of the injured girl is faced with the long-term consequences of the injury, including the need to help her care for her son.

Prior to going through a surgery, it is helpful to review the record of the doctor and of the facility that will be involved with care during and after the procedure. However, surgical errors can occur in any hospital and with any provider. In such a case, a thorough review of the surgical reports and other official documentation could be important for identifying the factors contributing to an adverse outcome.

Legal support can be helpful when a patient decides to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. A lawyer may review records and seek additional evidence, such as the opinions of medical experts, to support the claim. Additionally, a lawyer would assist in identifying the damages to be sought.

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