Many spinal surgeons have operated on the wrong level of a spine
Doctors in Arizona must go through extensive education and training before they can become a doctor. This is because they provide an extremely valuable service for people. They can help heal people from their injuries and illnesses. However, in order to effectively do this, doctors need to have a very good knowledge of the human body and how it works not only to appropriately diagnose a problem, but then to prescribe the correct medication or conduct the appropriate procedure.
Then once they know which procedure or surgery must be done to treat the problem, they also need to correctly operate on people, so the surgery is actually effective. If doctors make surgical errors it does not matter whether they accurately diagnosed the problem and determined the correct surgery. People still could be left in a worse position than they would have been in prior to the surgery.
This is true for any type of surgery, but especially true for the spinal cord which is extremely important for the overall functioning of the body. However, a study found that many spinal surgeons have operated on the wrong level of the spinal cord. The study found that 50% of the doctors who participated in the study had performed a wrong level surgery at least once in their career. The majority of the mistakes were made in the lumbar region of the spinal cord. This is very concerning and it means that many people have been the victims of wrong level spinal surgery.
Many people in Arizona have had spinal surgeries in their lifetime. Many have probably had successful surgeries, but that is not true for everyone. These wrong level surgeries could have created more problems for the victims. However, they may also be entitled to compensation for the mistake through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Experienced attorneys understand these complicated matters and may be able to guide one through it.