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Is unnecessary surgery considered medical malpractice?

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

When you go to the doctor, you believe that they will provide you with the necessary medical care for your ailment. Most people in Ohio would not even think that a doctor would recommend a surgery that was not necessary. Sadly, some doctors perform surgeries even though they are contrary to what the patient needs.

Placing a patient at risk with unnecessary surgery is a form of medical malpractice.

When Profits Outweigh Proper Medical Care

Many studies and medical articles have been written addressing the harm associated with unnecessary surgeries. These studies conclude that some surgeries are taking place that could have been avoided if other forms of treatment were used. Even more distressing is that many other forms of treatment could have provided better results for the patient.

The conclusion of these studies and articles is that doctors are opting for surgery to treat some conditions to make corporate targets for profits or because they lack the medical knowledge or experience to explore non-surgical treatments.

Both of these options show a lack of Standard of Care for the patients and are placing the patients at risk. Putting a patient “under the knife” when it is not the optimal care for the condition is a form of medical malpractice.

Duty of Care

All medical professionals have a duty of care to their patients. This duty is to provide them with the necessary and accepted standard of care for their ailment or illness. Failure to meet this standard of care is medical negligence or malpractice.

Protect yourself from unnecessary surgeries

If you have any questions about the medical care you received or recommended for you, schedule a second opinion. There is nothing wrong with consulting another specialist to find out if the recommended surgical procedure is necessary or if you have other options that will provide better results. In addition, if you have been harmed by the actions of a medical care provider, you have the right to seek compensation.