Many people have a great fear of surgery – perhaps they’re
afraid of an instrument left inside of a body cavity or even the surgeon
operating on the wrong site. This fear isn’t completely unfounded
– in fact, according to the
ECRI Institute, “​wrong-site, wrong-patient, and wrong-procedure surgery continues
to be the sentinel event most frequently reported to the Joint Commission,
with 1,196 such events reported through September 30, 2015.”

Here’s what you should do if you’ve been the victim of wrong
site surgery.

Consider Transferring Your Care to Another Physician or Surgeon

Once you’ve been notified or discover that you’ve been operated
on incorrectly, you should continue to receive medical care to ensure
that there are no complications from the surgery and that your healing
progresses as normally as possible. However, you may not want to continue
visiting the same surgeon. Consider transferring your care to another
surgeon in the same specialty who can monitor you for the next several weeks.

Take Photographs and Journal Your Progress

It’s important that you keep detailed records of everything post-surgery.
Take photographs of your healing incisions and journal how you’re
feeling and what you’re able to do each day. Did performing surgery
on the wrong site incapacitate you more significantly or for longer than
you would have been if the surgeon had operated on the correct site? Are
you experiencing undue pain or complications? This information is crucial
to your case and it’s often better to write it down as it’s
happening rather than attempt to recall it later should you pursue a
medical malpractice claim against the surgeon.

Review the Facts of Your Case with an Attorney

Wrong site surgery is life changing and isn’t something you have
to accept. This type of
surgical error is almost always due to carelessness in the hospital or operating room
and is completely preventable when proper procedures are followed, including
the confirmation and reconfirmation of patient information by multiple
staff members before the surgery is performed.

At The Mellino Law Firm, we have worked with many patients and family members
of patients who have been the victim of wrong site surgery. We will aggressively
champion for the rights of the patient and will seek the full and fair
compensation you deserve for the damages you’ve incurred, including
damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering related
to being operated on incorrectly.

Contact The Mellino Law Firm at (440) 333-3800 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation
today. We are available now to assist you during this difficult time.