Gorovitz & Borten, P.C.
Attorneys at Law

550 Cochituate Road, Suite 25
Framingham, Massachusetts
Tel: (781) 890-9095
Surgical Errors
Surgical procedures are usually safely planned and executed. Nonetheless,
surgery of any kind creates situations vulnerable to human error. Surgical
errors often lead to additional complications when the mistake is not recognized
or ignored. Some surgical errors may lead to permanent disability and even
death. Common examples of unintended surgical complications and errors

  • Inadequate preoperative evaluation
  • Delayed surgery
  • Incorrect incision
  • Wrong site surgery
  • Inadequate monitoring during the procedure
  • Improper positioning on the operating room table
  • Leaving a foreign object (instrument or sponge) in the patient's body
  • Incomplete surgical procedure
  • Inappropriate postoperative care
  • Surgery unrelated to the patient's condition

Negligence in a surgical procedure can be especially difficult to prove in court.
Making a claim of a surgical error against a surgeon requires sophisticated
medical knowledge and the assistance of reputable medical experts willing to
testify convincingly as to the surgeon's negligence in court. At Gorovitz & Borten
we  have both the knowledge  and the resources to put together a solid
representation of your medical negligence case.  Some examples of surgical
malpractice our office has represented include:

  • Complications of gynecologic surgery
  • Complications of gallbladder surgery
  • Complications of abdominal surgery
  • Incomplete surgical procedure
  • Injury to adjacent organs
  • Nerve injury
  • Bowel injury
  • Ureteral injury
  • Bladder injury
  • Post-operative complications
  • Serious functional impairment
  • Death

In the operating room, damage control principles dictate that control of
hemorrhage and control of contamination take priority deferring prolonged
surgical interventions and reconstructions until the patient is stabilized.
Correction of hypothermia (low body temperature), acidosis (chemical
imbalance) and coagulopathy (blood clotting abnormality) should be
accomplished to avoid major complications. Failure to adhere to these
principles is a clear departure from the acceptable standard of care. Major
categories of management errors in the operating room include:

  • Inadequate hemorrhage control
  • Deficient airway management
  • Inappropriate management of an unstable patient
  • Complications of the procedure itself
  • Inadequate antibiotic prophylaxis
  • Inadequate coagulation prophylaxis
  • Over-resuscitation with fluids
  • Surgical instruments left in the body

Surgical mistakes that cause injury may give rise to a medical malpractice cause
of action. If as a result of a surgeon's or nurse's error your condition worsened
or you have been unexpectedly injured, you deserve legal representation. If you
are suffering from complications due to a surgical error, let
Dr. Borten and the
Boston area medical malpractice attorneys at Gorovitz & Borten review the
specifics of your case. We can help you assert your rights and get the
compensation you deserve.
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