Surgical Site Infections
After a surgical operation, it is extremely important to ensure the surgical site remains closed and clean. Doctors are expected to perform follow-ups in the days immediately following a surgery to ensure no infections have developed. Undergoing surgery can leave a patient’s body in a weakened state, increasing the risk that a dangerous infection will take hold.
If a medical professional’s negligence results in a surgical site infection, the patient may be entitled to compensation for medical malpractice. To learn more about legal options for medical malpractice victims, contact the Kankakee surgical error lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., at (815) 929-9292.
Nearly 3% of all surgeries are complicated by post-surgical infections. Although some surgeries are likelier to become infected, any type of surgery can develop complications. Doctors are expected to monitor their patients for any symptoms or signs of infection. Without proper supervision, even less-invasive surgeries and outpatient surgeries can develop life-threatening infections.
With the right precautions, however, nearly all surgical site infections can be prevented. Doctors should ensure the surgical site is completely closed and set to heal properly. A site that is not completely closed can rapidly become infected. Antibiotics are effective for deterring the development of infections while the patient’s body heals, but they cannot always compensate for the work of a negligent surgeon.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a surgical site infection because of a doctor’s failure to ensure your safety post-surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and suffering. The experienced Kankakee surgical error attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., may be able to help you. To discuss your case, contact us today by calling (815) 929-9292.