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Search results for "Surgery"
FDA Safety Communication: caution when using robotically-assisted surgical devices in women's health including mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 28, 2019.
This announcement seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the use of robotic-assisted surgical devices in mastectomies or cancer-related care. Recommendations for patients who may seek to have robotically assisted surgery include asking about their surgeon's experience with these procedures and discussing benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding available treatment options with their health care provider. Suggestions for health care providers include completing specialized training on procedures they perform. A WebM&M commentary described the challenges and benefits associated with robotic surgery.
Journal Article > Study
Doherty C, Saunders MN. Soc Sci Med. 2013;98:29-36.
The theme of "unmet expectations" runs through this article, which uses narrative inquiry to identify the safety concerns of patients undergoing elective surgery. Similar to the classic article "A Hospitalization From Hell," unsympathetic attitudes and poor communication frequently marred patients' hospitalizations, leaving them dissatisfied despite good technical results.
Shelton DL. Chicago Tribune. October 7, 2011.
Reporting on a fatal medical error, this article describes how the family became involved with patient safety, serving on an advisory council at the hospital where it occurred.
Cases & Commentaries
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J. Forrest Calland, MD; January 2004
During a hernia repair, surgeons decide to remove a patient's hydrocele, spermatic cord, and left testiclewithout realizing that his right testicle had been removed previously.