Colorado residents may welcome the results of recent neurological experiments carried out at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Present and future sufferers of brain injury from medical malpractice, car accident or any other cause may benefit from a device used in the study. It is currently estimated that 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries.
Colorado patients may have heard that a California man accused a cardiologist of leaving his stepfather in the middle of open heart surgery, and he has since filed a lawsuit. According to the report, complications allegedly arose after the physician had left, which ultimately left the stepfather in a vegetative state.
Residents in Colorado might be wary of surgeries involving robotic arms, but according to one doctor, an advantage to robotic surgeries is that doctors can make fewer incisions and perform more complex surgeries than they would be able to with their own hands. Moreover, using the arms is like using any other kind of surgical tool. Despite the recalls and controversies, one doctor is still positive about the new technology, saying that he will continue to use the robot in the operating room.
Colorado residents may be interested in a medical malpractice suit in which a woman is suing several parties over a surgical glove that was reportedly left in her abdomen during surgery. On Dec. 30, 2011, doctors at Omaha's Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction performed a six-hour surgery on the woman with the intent of boosting fertility. It was unknown at the time, but a surgical error was made that would ultimately prevent her from having children.
A national database keeps up with reports of injuries and deaths related to robotic surgeries across the United States, including Colorado. However, not every surgical error is being reported to the database, leaving the potential risks of robotic surgeries unclear for patients.