Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Surgery (May 8, 2016)

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On April 27, 2016, respected JAMA Surgery published a peer-reviewed article entitled “Seven procedures account for 80% of emergency general surgery operations, deaths, and complications, US study finds”.  Those suspect surgeries, all of which involve the digestive system, are: (1) partial colectomy; (2) small bowel resection; (3) cholecystectomy; (4) operative management of peptic ulcer disease; (5) lysis of peritoneal adhesions; (6) appendectomy; and (7) laparotomy.


The physician investigators/authors emphasize: “This is a particularly high-risk population of surgery patients – those who undergo an EGS [emergency general surgery] operation are 8 times more likely to die postoperatively than are patients undergoing the same procedures electively.”  Moreover, “approximately half of the all patients undergoing EGS will develop a postoperative complication.”


Obviously such surgeries may result in medical malpractice claims.  Mr. Waterman has handled such cases before.