You may have had to undergo an open heart bypass surgery after suffering from cardiac arrest, but the surgeon who operated on your heart had mistakenly left the forceps that they used inside your body. Of course, you didn’t feel a thing as you were under anesthesia during the entire bypass procedure itself. But months after you’ve had your heart fixed, you suddenly felt a cold jab in your ribcage. After your doctor found out that you had forceps in your chest cavity, you had it opened once again.
Even if you didn’t have that same exact experience, as long as a surgical error was committed on you, here are some tips on how you can bounce your way back to better health:
- Consult a psychiatrist.
The surgical error committed by the surgeon long ago may have left such an indelible mental scar that you might be hesitant to undergo surgery yet again, this time to remedy what shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
- You should seek the help of a psychiatrist who can help you overcome the mental trauma that the surgical mistake left you.
- Your psychiatrist may ask you to do active relaxation exercises so that you can reframe your mindset and gradually come to terms with the fact that you’ll have to go under the knife once again.
- Don’t overexert yourself.
After you’ve had another surgery performed to fix the previous mistake that your surgeon did on you, you should get some bed rest so that you can recover faster. You shouldn’t do any strenuous activity like lifting heavy objects for the time being so that your sutures wouldn’t suddenly open.
- File a compensation claim against the insurance provider of the surgeon who committed a surgical error on you.
Your medical and hospital bills, as well as your psychotherapy session fees, are mounting up, but you don’t need to pay most or even all of them out of your pocket or by letting your insurance provider shoulder them all.
- Since the surgical error done on you by your previous surgeon wasn’t your fault at all, you should get the contact details of their insurance provider who should then offer you with an initial settlement amount.
- If you’re amenable with the settlement amount being offered to you, you can use it to pay all the costs that you’ve incurred as a result of a preventable mistake.
- Otherwise, you can either settle out of court with the surgeon or file a lawsuit against them to make them pay your rightful compensation.
Despite several notable advances in the field of surgery, especially as robotic technology is continuously being enhanced to the point where they might eventually replace human surgeons altogether, surgical mistakes that could’ve been prevented from the get-go still occur in most hospitals all over the United States. The mere thought of surgical error itself is already scary enough for most people, even more so for someone like you who’s experienced it firsthand. After having a surgical error done on you corrected, you should start doing the above-listed tips on how you can recover your health. You can then consult a lawyer to help you make the surgeon responsible for the mistake they made.