Importance of accessing previous medical history before performing ankle surgery

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Ankle surgeries are done for treatment of pain or to repair injuries. Arthroscopy is one of the common procedures of ankle surgery and is quite effective in treating ankle problems. No matter how safe this procedure is, the surgeon should always evaluate the previous medical history of the patient or else there can be complications which could further lead to medical negligence. Botched up ankle surgeries usually happen when the surgeon breaches the duty of care.

 If the doctor performs the surgery without considering the medical condition, the patient might suffer post-surgical complications. If you have been a victim of botched up ankle surgery, you need to get in touch with an orthopedic expert witness who can help you get your deserving compensation. Patients who have been a victim of medical malpractice have the right to receive compensation for enduring pain and damages. This includes both economic and non-economic damages.

Why is Pre-operative assessment important?

Pre-operative assessment is important because it helps the doctor to identify co-morbidities in the patient, which if ignored can cause injury or complication to the patient during an aesthetical, operative or post-operative period. The doctor should at least evaluate the patient’s medical history two or three weeks before the actual date of ankle surgery. If the doctor fails to do so, you can seek compensation through the help of a legal representative. These attorneys are experienced but at some point of their investigation, they’ll need the help of an orthopedic expert witness for understanding the technicalities of the case.

Medical malpractice cases are highly technical and the judge panels do not have in-depth knowledge of these complex matters. Hence, orthopedic expert witnesses prepare a written document to simplify the complex matters of the case which is used as an important document.

During ankle surgery, especially in case of arthroscopy, the area is made numb using anesthesia.  In this context, you should know that certain patients develop allergic symptoms to anesthesia. Therefore, the surgery should be recommended only after evaluating the medical history of the patient.

The surgeon might also ask about past surgical history like if they have had any other surgeries before. Also, the surgeon will ask about the medications that you take.  Accordingly, if the surgeon feels that certain drugs might cause problem during or after the surgery, then they might ask you to stop the medication until the surgery is done.

Malpractice lawsuits can be filed if the surgeon fails to consider these aspects. Get in touch with an attorney because they have the knowledge and power to seek consultancy from reputed expert witnesses. These expert witnesses will explain what a competent surgeon of the same credibility would have done to prevent these errors. Proving negligence of the doctor is not an easy job. The role of expert witnesses in malpractice cases is extremely important. Their case reviews and facts play an essential role in the final outcome of the case.  They can build your case strong and offer testimony during case trials to help you get your deserving compensation.

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