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The Top Seven Emergency Surgeries That Result in Medical Malpractice Errors

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Medical errors are the third leading cause of death, according to a study done by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. So if you need emergency surgery, you have good reason to be concerned about whether you'll receive the quality care you deserve, as the chances that your doctor will make an error increases. Unfortunately, there are seven types of emergency surgeries that account for a high percentage of complications and deaths. This means patients or their families may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

Medical Malpractice Mistakes Occur More Frequently in These Emergency Surgeries

A recent study published inemergency room team JAMA Surgery found that three million people are admitted to hospitals for emergency general surgery each year. General surgeries often involve the abdominal area, and many patients needing these emergency procedures are more acutely ill and at-risk patients.

Researchers studied a database of 420,000 patients who had emergency surgical procedures from 2008 through 2011.

The findings revealed the following seven emergency surgeries accounted for 80 percent of complications, surgical costs, and deaths:

  • Partial removal of the colon
  • Removal of part of the small intestine
  • Gall bladder removal
  • Surgery required by peptic ulcer disease
  • Removal of abdominal adhesions
  • Appendectomy—removal of the appendix
  • Laparotomy—a procedure to open up the stomach


Not all of these procedures are considered dangerous. In fact, many of them, such as an appendectomy, are common procedures with a low risk of complications. While some of the complications and deaths may be associated with the fact that the patients are at higher risk, other problems can be due to errors made by doctors, nurses, and other health care providers.

Did you or someone you love suffer complications after one of these emergency surgeries? You may have a medical malpractice claim against your physician and the hospital where you were treated. Call our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment with Alan Morton to learn about your legal options.


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