It may sound silly that tips even have to exist to prevent this sort of problem, but yes, there are some general steps you can take to prevent a wrong site surgery from becoming a reality in your health care. Sadly, tips like these wouldn't be necessary if we didn't have surgical teams rushing through procedures, but wrong site surgery is still a reality in the world of medical malpractice.

The first step is to discuss in detail with your surgeon the procedure that is to be performed and where it is to take place. There's a huge difference between removing a stone from your left kidney and then operating on the right kidney where no stone is present.

Another good tip to follow is to be involved in the marking of the surgical site. You know your body better than anyone and if a nurse is trying to mark your right ankle when you know it's your left one that has the fracture, you need to speak up. Some hospitals even have the patient themselves mark the site with a permanent marker.

Always ask questions when things seem confusing or wrong. If you are not getting answers or don't like what you hear, you should ask for another opinion before any procedure is started. You have the right to be actively involved in the safety and quality of your health care.

Unfortunately, even patients who follow these tips still run the risk of a wrong site surgery and medical malpractice claim. When you are the unfortunate victim of a wrong site surgery or any type of surgical error, you should contact a Fairfax medical malpractice attorney immediately to begin work on your medical malpractice claim. 

Contacting a Fairfax Medical Malpractice Attorney

You don't have to deal with insurance companies and hospitals alone when you're looking to file a Virginia medical malpractice case. Fairfax medical malpractice attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their medical malpractice claims.

Before you go any further with your decision, order a copy of my complimentary guide to Virginia medical malpractice claims, Why Most Victims of Medical Malpractice Never Recover a Dime. To set up a no-cost consultation, contact me today - 703-591-9829.

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