There are somewhere around the region of only 200 active endocrine surgeons practicing medicine in the United States; there are only around 100 more working overseas. The lion’s share of these individuals are major university faculty associated with either the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons or it American counterpart – and that means the majority of endocrine surgeries are conducted by surgeons without specific expertise in the field of study.
The Risk of an Inexperienced Endocrine Surgeon
When your endocrine surgery is being performed by a generalist instead of a specialist, your chances of experiencing complications from the surgery go up. In fact, most generalist surgeons that perform endocrine procedures as part of their practice perform around 8 out of every ten endocrine operations in the US, even only 25 percent of the procedures their practices perform are endocrine surgeries. This means that there are many generalist surgeons out there that are performing endocrine surgeries that may not have the same experience in these types of procedures that specialist endocrine surgeons have.
Research has shown that endocrine surgeries that are performed by surgeons with less than 100 procedures’ worth of experience do indeed have a heightened risk of suffering complications such as infection, bleeding, changes in a patient’s voice, Hypoparathyroidism (low blood levels of calcium caused by the removal of the parathyroid), or seroma, which is swelling caused by a collection of fluid beneath the incision site. While many of these complications may correct themselves over time, some – especially if they’re severe – can require additional surgery that may have been unnecessary if the procedure had been performed by a more qualified surgeon. If the symptoms of these conditions are missed, they could become severe enough to be life-threatening; such a danger can be posed by even slight internal bleeding from an endocrine surgery, as pooling blood can place increasing pressure on the windpipe that can interfere with a patient’s breathing.
Justice for Your Pain and Suffering
If you feel you’ve been the victim of endocrine surgery malpractice, you should immediately speak with a qualified attorney or a law firm with experience in handling medical negligence cases for plaintiffs. Informing the law firm of the particulars of your case can help them make a determination of your chances to prevail in your case.
It takes a particular set of circumstances to bring a successful medical negligence claim against not just an endocrine surgeon but any medical professional. An experienced lawyer can explain exactly what needs to happen in order for a negligence claim to not be dismissed outright, and it involves being able to prove that not only did a medical professional have a duty of care towards you but that they breached that duty through acting in a manner that runs counter to established guidelines, you suffered an injury from that breach and that the injury led to you suffering damages. If all these conditions are met, you should be able to bring a lawsuit against your surgeon; if your attorney is skilled enough at presenting evidence, you may not even need to go to court as the defendant might offer you a settlement.