When facing a surgery you have enough to worry about without fretting over whether or not the hospital staff will leave a foreign object inside you. The horror of an object left behind is referred to as "retained surgical instruments," and it happens frequently enough to be a real concern. An estimated 4,500 to 6,000 cases occur each year.
When you go in for a surgery you expect the doctors to know what they are doing. There should be no question in your mind about the procedure being performed.
A lead-in to today's blog post might be termed "Reasonable assumptions gone awry." The facts that emerge from a recent article in an esteemed medical journal reveal with chilling force how something that should be a reality in the medical profession is far from uniformly being the case.
We pose a simple question to our readers in Maricopa County and across Arizona today, namely this: How many times have you had surgery?
The officials from the US Department of Veterans Affairs said that a former patient's inability to use his arm in an uncompromised manner had nothing to do with negligence on the part of the doctor who performed surgery on him.
Members of the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners were duly impressed -- and likely aghast -- after seeing pictures presented by a woman during a public-comment period.
It might well be true, as intoned in one adage, that "music soothes the savage beast."
Most of us want to live our lives with a sense of personal empowerment. We prefer to make our own decisions whenever possible. However, there are times when we have to trust the decisions of others. When we are in need of surgery, we must allow doctors and other medical professionals to exercise a great deal of control over our care. This makes sense as these people have the training required to help us.
We would like to believe that modern medical techniques have all but eliminated the likelihood of surgical errors. And while things may have improved over time, we still live in an age where doctors and other medical professionals can make serious mistakes while carrying out a surgical procedure.
Those among us blessed with sight know just how important the ability to see is in our daily lives. In fact, our vision plays a part in almost everything we do. As such, having clear vision is highly desirable. Often glasses or contact lenses can satisfactorily correct any problems we have with our eyesight.