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More Information Comes to Light Regarding Fatal Complication during Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

Further investigations regarding the death of a Baton Rouge woman during an elective surgery have revealed that she died of fat clots that had traveled to her lungs and heart. The incident occurred on December 14, but the Miami-Dade medical examiner's office needed several weeks to complete the investigation.

Medical malpractice suit filed because surgeon left too early

When a loved one needs surgery, every family wants the procedure to be performed by the best available physician. However, as some Louisiana residents may know, it is easy for these doctors to take on too many patients. In some cases, this may result in sub-par care for those in need. One family has filed a medical malpractice suit against one such cardiac surgeon, claiming that his heavy workload contributed to their loved one being left in a vegetative state. 

A 76-year-old patient underwent open heart surgery to replace a heart valve and to repair his damaged aorta. The surgeon claims that the surgery was completed as planned, and the patient was stable when he left the operating room to speak to the family, and an experienced assistant closed up the incision. Then, the surgeon left the hospital grounds for a meeting but was called back because the patient was suffering from excess bleeding. 

Why You Should Seek a Second Opinion Regardless of Your Diagnosis

According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, between 10 and 20 percent of patients who seek treatment for various symptoms are misdiagnosed. Misdiagnoses are so prevalent, in fact, that they are more common than medication mistakes and wrong-site/wrong-procedure/wrong-patient errors, despite the fact that these kinds of mistakes are much more publicized.

Family claims that hospital negligence caused a loved one's death

For many Louisiana families who have loved ones who have undergone or are planning to undergo surgery, the waiting can be both stressful and terrifying. Families and patients have to wait for a diagnosis, then they have to wait for a procedure, and then they have to wait for the results of that procedure. However, being forced to wait too long can prove deadly to patients. One family claims that hospital negligence is to blame for the death of their loved one. They claim that a delay in his surgery was directly related to the cause of death.

In November 2016, an ambulance brought the victim, who was in severe pain, to the hospital. The victim spent two hours waiting in the emergency room despite the fact that he had a history of ulcers and abdominal disease. After a doctor examined the patient, it was confirmed that he was suffering from a punctured bowel and required emergency surgery. 

Woman Dies from Embolism During Cosmetic Procedure

According to WAFB, the medical examiner's report on a woman who died during a cosmetic procedure has been released. The woman, a 40-year-old mother of two from Baton Rouge, had traveled to Florida to undergo a Brazilian butt lift.

What You Should (and Should Not) Do If You Suspect Medical Malpractice

You should be able to trust your healthcare providers, especially when you are vulnerable from injury or illness. Sadly, not all patients will receive quality care at every appointment, and those who end up the victims of malpractice often suffer devastating consequences as a result.

Instruments left inside of patients after surgical procedures

In hospitals across the nation, including Louisiana, there are patients awaiting surgery who have a habit of fantasizing about the potential worst case scenario. These individuals have heard numerous stories of surgical procedures going horribly wrong and surgical instruments being left inside of patients. Thankfully, these stories are often untrue, or they are so grossly exaggerated that many people will not give them any real consideration. However, there are times when these stories are not overly exaggerated or the work of an overactive imagination.

A woman in California was recently forced to undergo surgery in order to remove an item that was left inside of her after a previous procedure. The first procedure was an exploratory laparotomy during which a benign tumor was located and removed. After the surgery, the patient was discharged, but she continued to complain of severe pain in her back and abdomen. 

What Is the Rh Factor and How Can It Affect Your Pregnancy?

When it comes to prenatal care, some tests are essential, some are recommended, and some may be optional. The precise battery of screening tests and diagnostic procedures that you will undergo at your OB-GYN visits will depend on a variety of factors, including your medical history, your doctor's recommendations, and your own personal preferences.

Widow claims hospital negligence regarding her husband's death

In Louisiana or elsewhere, losing a loved one is never easy. For many the cause of death, whether it be a long-term illness, a tragic accident or a natural disaster, is ultimately unimportant. However, that opinion may quickly change if those who have been left behind believe that their loved one could have been saved. One woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that medical malpractice and hospital negligence were the cause of her husband's death.

The man was originally hospitalized on Nov. 23, 2015, complaining of pain that had been fluctuating for three weeks. A CT scan revealed that the patient was suffering from diverticulitis, a condition where pouches form and bulge along the colon wall. Despite a fever and increased pain, the man underwent surgery two days after he was admitted.