Unnecessary Surgery

Kentucky Unnecessary Surgery Lawyers

Legal help after you’re harmed by unnecessary surgery in Lexington and Louisville

Unnecessary surgeries can result in significant physical, emotional, and financial harm to patients. Every patient trusts their healthcare providers to act in their best interests and only recommend surgical interventions when they are medically necessary and beneficial. However, when doctors, surgeons, or other healthcare professionals perform unnecessary surgeries, it can lead to complications, prolonged recovery, additional medical treatments, and even permanent injuries or disabilities. As medical malpractice attorneys, the team at Wilt Injury Lawyers is committed to advocating for the rights of patients who have been subjected to unnecessary surgeries due to medical negligence, and seeking justice and compensation for you and your family.

What is an unnecessary surgery?

Unnecessary surgery refers to a surgical procedure that is performed on a patient without a valid medical reason or clinical indication. In other words, the surgery is not required to diagnose, treat, or improve the patient's medical condition, symptoms, or quality of life. Unnecessary surgeries can vary in complexity and invasiveness, ranging from minor procedures to major operations.

What types of unnecessary surgeries are most common?

Examples of unnecessary surgeries, per an article by CBS News, include:

  • “Hysterectomies - One study says 70% are not really needed.
  • C-sections - The World Health Organization says America's rate is double what it should be.
  • Newborn circumcision - Unless religiously required, no health organization in the world says it's medically needed.
  • Spinal fusion for back pain - One study found nearly 20% unnecessary.
  • Tonsillectomies - Although in decline, it's still a common childhood procedure, even though a study found seven out of eight are unlikely to benefit.”

Other sources list:

Ryan Grant, MD, a neurosurgeon and co-founder and CEO of Vori Health, tells Forbes:

Just because these surgeries are now widely available after being put on hold during the pandemic does not mean they are suddenly magically appropriate or necessary.

As a society, now that elective surgeries are back in full swing, we must assess if surgery is truly the best option for any given patient moving forward, or if there are less costly forms of care that can help that patient and move the needle even further on their clinical outcome.

How can the Kentucky medical community avoid unnecessary surgeries?

The medical community can take several proactive steps to reduce and avoid unnecessary surgeries, improve patient care, and enhance overall healthcare quality and safety. Key strategies to prevent unnecessary surgeries include the following:

  • Healthcare providers should adhere to evidence-based clinical guidelines, best practices, and recommendations established by reputable medical organizations, such as the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, and American Urological Association.
  • These guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations, indications, contraindications, and criteria for appropriate surgical interventions, diagnostic testing, and treatment options, helping to standardize care and ensure that patients receive timely, beneficial, and necessary surgical procedures based on their specific medical conditions, symptoms, and overall health status.
  • Healthcare providers should also actively engage and educate patients about their medical conditions, treatment options, risks, benefits, alternatives to surgery, and actively involve them in the decision-making process to promote informed consent, autonomy, shared decision-making, and patient-centered care.
  • Patient education, counseling, communication skills training, decision aids, informational materials, and consultations with healthcare providers can help to enhance patients' understanding, awareness, knowledge, confidence, and involvement in their care, enabling them to make informed decisions. Encouraging patients to ask questions, seek second opinions, consider non-surgical treatment options, and participate in shared decision-making can help prevent unnecessary surgeries, reduce overtreatment, and improve patient satisfaction, trust, adherence, and outcomes.

By implementing these strategies and best practices, the Kentucky medical community can improve surgical care. They can help ensure that patients receive appropriate, necessary, and high-quality surgical interventions that optimize health, recovery, function, and quality of life, while minimizing the risks, harms, and costs associated with unnecessary surgeries and overtreatment.

Do you have a Kentucky malpractice attorney near me?

Wilt Injury Lawyers has offices in Louisville and Lexington:

Louisville Office

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13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd. Suite A
Louisville, KY 40223
Phone: 502-253-9110

Lexington Office

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196 W. Lowry Lane, Suite 1
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 502-461-1481

If you are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits when necessary.

Kentucky surgical negligence lawyers advocating for you

If you or a loved one has suffered due to unnecessary surgery, it's crucial to seek experienced legal representation to hold the responsible healthcare providers accountable and obtain the justice and compensation you deserve. At Wilt Injury Lawyers, our skilled team of Kentucky surgical negligence lawyers is dedicated to fighting for your rights and helping you navigate the complexities of medical malpractice claims. Let us evaluate your case, explain your legal options, and guide you through the legal process to pursue the maximum compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other related damages. With our contingency fee arrangement, you don't pay any legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation for your case. Call our offices or fill out our contact form today to schedule a consultation. We have offices in Louisville and Lexington.