Surgical Positioning Injuries
Based on the type of surgery performed on a patient, surgeons are required to position their body to have a full range of the operative field when performing a procedure.
Unfortunately, if the medical team does not have the proper positioning or does not protect the body of the patient during surgery, it can lead to significant injury that could include nerve or muscular damage and pain.
For each type of surgical procedure, the body is placed in a specific position or a variation of positions to have access to the area undergoing the surgery.
While nursing staff in preparation of the surgical procedure usually positions the body, it is the duty of the surgeon and/or the anesthesiologist to ensure the patient’s body is placed in the correct position to avoid damaging or stretching nerves. Any surgical positioning injury can create long-term or short-term health issues for the patient.
Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Medical professionals can be held accountable when they make a surgical error. We will consult with medical experts to find out if the medical care that you received was reasonable.
The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can go to bat for you when the surgeon has failed to act according to the appropriate standard of care and commits a breach of duty. In other words, when they have committed negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help you file a lawsuit in Cook County and throughout the rest of Illinois.
The Importance of Proper Positioning Before, During and After a Surgical Procedure
- Every medical professional on the surgical team is provided a clear, unobstructed view of the patient’s surgical site
- The surgeon has the best access to perform the procedure
- The anesthesiologist is provided the best position to administer drugs optimally
- The positioning can minimize bleeding prior to, during and after the completion of the surgery
- Correct positioning prevents or reduces the potential risk of nerve-related injuries and pressure on the area
- Correct positioning prevents or diminishes the potential of respiratory issues, especially those that are anesthesia-associated
- Correct positioning reduces or prevents the potential of causing circulatory issues
Additionally, the patient’s nutritional status required general anesthesia, and the type and duration of the scheduled surgery need to be considered along with any physical or medical conditions that could directly affect the outcome.
In other words, the doctor needs to use the utmost care during the surgery. If not, it can be considered medical malpractice.
- Supine (lying on the back)
- Lateral (lying on either side)
- Prone (lying face down)
- Fowlers Position (seated)
- Knees to Chest Position
- Lithotomy (a supine position with legs elevated in stirrups)
- Trendelenburg Position (in a supine position with the head positioned lower than feet)
- Reverse Trendelenburg (in a supine position with feet are positioned higher than the head)
- Kraske Position (lying face down placed in jackknife position)
Surgical Position Medical Malpractice Claims
- Brachial plexus injury
- Damaged nerves
- Compartment syndrome
- Eye injuries such as vision loss
Some of the things that you may be able to recover include:
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death (for the family of deceased)
Hiring a Surgical Error Attorney to Prosecute an Injury From Positioning Error
If you are an injured patient and believe you are suffering a surgical positioning injury or other medical error, you likely have the right to file a claim or lawsuit for recompense.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has experience in handling surgical positioning injury medical malpractice cases against a healthcare provider. We fight aggressively for victims of medical malpractice to ensure that all parties responsible for your injuries are held accountable. This includes filing medical malpractice lawsuits against the hospital, medical facility, doctors, surgeons, nurses, or other health care providers.