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How are surgical infections caused?

| Dec 2, 2017 | Surgical Errors

Texans who need a surgical operation can find themselves frightened for many reasons. They might be concerned with the costs, the results and even the process of being put under anesthesia. Although these are legitimate concerns, there are far more complications that can arise in the course of a medical procedure that can leave patients with serious harm.

Perhaps one of the most dangerous of these complications is infection. Infections can occur in a number of ways. Improperly cleaned skin can have germs that can then get into a surgical wound, causing infection. Infections can also occur if the area inside the body where the operation occurred already contained certain germs. Additionally, if surgical instruments or the hands of a surgeon are dirty at the time of an operation, then a patient may wind up infected.

There are a few ways in which infections can be treated. The first step, often for less severe infections, is the administration of antibiotics. Although a week’s worth of treatment may be enough to defeat an infection, sometimes the infection is too severe or it is resistant to antibiotics, in which case additional surgery may be necessary. In these cases, a surgeon may have to reopen a surgical incision and clean out the area of the operation. Oftentimes the wound is then packed with material that is soaked in a saline solution.

Many infections are treatable, but some are not. Even those that are treatable may leave a victim with significant damages including pain, scarring, additional medical costs and more time off of work. Those who have suffered these damages caused by the negligence of a medical professional should consider discussing the matter with a qualified legal professional, as compensation may be recoverable. Those who want to learn more about what comprises medical malpractice can speak to their attorney.

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