Every year, in hospitals all over the UK, many surgical procedures are performed that are actually unnecessary. Any kind of surgery, whether necessary or not, will always carry an element of risk, and some pain and suffering. The patient will usually be required to take some considerable time away from their workplace and the healing process can take an equally lengthy amount of time. When a patient is forced to endure this type of recuperation for a surgical procedure that was not even necessary in the first place, it is especially difficult to come to terms with. The most common type of unnecessary surgical procedures are gastric bypasses, surgery for irritable bowel syndrome and coronary bypass surgery. A recent survey has revealed that one of the causes for unnecessary surgical procedure can be linked to doctor-owned outpatient surgery centres. But medical negligence is also a major player in this increasingly high profile area of potential malpractice. If any type of medical surgery procedure is carried out without a legitimate medical need, this could possibly be deemed as incompetence on the part of the surgeon.
What happens if you’ve been a victim of an unnecessary surgical procedure?
If you feel that your recent surgery was carried out without legitimate need, you should contact your GP for advice. If there is any proof of medical negligence, you could be able to make a claim for financial compensation. All surgeons have a duty of care to their patients and this may not have been the case with your own surgical procedure. You should always be informed of the risks and the benefits of any surgical procedure, if you feel that your surgeon failed to deliver on these requirements, it is possible that medical negligence has been observed.
Accident Advice Helpline
Once you have spoken to your GP and believe that you are a victim of an unnecessary medical procedure, please call Accident Advice Helpline straight away. We have a large team of solicitors who are happy to help you with your medical negligence financial compensation claim. Esther Rantzen is proud to put her great name to our cause and we will offer you expert no-obligation advice as part of our no win, no fee* service. We’ve been helping the UK public to claim what is rightfully theirs for over many years and are waiting for your call right now.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown