Original article by Mike Adams: http://www.naturalnews.com/030114_surgery_mistakes.html
Missing the wrong kidney? Surgery mix-ups remain surprisingly common in U.S. Hospitals
(NaturalNews) Three patients walk into a bar after recovering from foot amputation surgery due to diabetes. The first patient says, "My doctor did a great job with my amputation, but he left a little scarring that looks pretty ugly." The second patient says, "That's nothing. My doctor did a fantastic job with the amputation, but it was the wrong foot." The third patient shakes his head and blurts out, "You got off easy! My doctor amputated my foot with the skill of a master surgeon, but I'm not even diabetic and was only there for a prostate exam!"
It's all too common these days, it seems: Doctors are performing surgeries on the wrong organs and even on the wrong people. All it takes is a little paperwork mix-up- a process at which hospitals seem to excell- and you could wake up missing a perfectly good kidney, lung or foot. You might even end up having the wrong organ irradiated as a “cancer therapy.”
It happens so often that the current phenomenon of surgical mishaps has been called “catastrophic” by surgeons themselves. Catastrophic surgical errors are “a lot more common than the public thinks,” say Dr. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote an editorial alongside the study that's now shedding light on the seriousness of this problem. The study led by Dr. Philip Stahel, was published in the October 2010 issue of the Archives of Surgery.
The data used in the study were gleaned from a review of the database records of a medical malpractice company that insures doctors and surgeons. These records revealed that patients sometimes had entire organs removed (such a s prostate gland) after medical personnel mixed up biopsy samples and diagnosed a perfectly healthy male patient as having prostate cancer.
Catastrophic medical errors were surprisingly common, and one-third of them led to patient harm, the study authors found. Only about twenty percent resulted in malpractice claims or lawsuits, however, meaning that in about 80 percent of the cases, patients just suffered the consequences with no compensation.
This is yet another good reason, by the way, that holistic medicine is so much better for you. Even if a holistic naturopathic physician treats the wrong part of your body, the treatments are supportive, natural and non-invasive, so there's no harm done. Given that the first principle of medicine is supposed to be “do no harm,” it's astonishing that conventional doctors and surgeons end up harming so many people.
How to protect yourself from medical numbskulls
So how can you protect yourself from overzealous surgeons who want to start cutting into you immediately upon diagnosing you with some disease you might not even have? (I've heard stories of cancer surgeons scaring people into undergoing radical procedures on a same-day basis...)
First of all, don't believe any diagnosis without a second opinion. Doctors are wrong all the time. Labs mix up results all the time. Paperwork gets shuffled around, data entry errors take place, and overworked medical staff make regrettable errors with astonishing frequency. Never take a single medical opinion as medical fact. You may find that your first doctor of full of bunk (or even that they're all full of bunk if you're in a cancer clinic).
Secondly, before you next surgical procedure (should you for some reason choose to undergo one), use a magic marker to write, in big letters, “WRONG LEG” on the leg your doctors shouldn't amputate (for example). You literally need to spell it out for these people because they're only going on what the computer records tell them, and those records might be wrong. Because you're already unconscious under anesthesia by the time they start cutting, you have no way to tell them to stop, and a few hours later you might wake up to discover they removed your one good kidney while leaving behind the diseased one.
Thirdly, try not to have surgery in the first place! Most conventional surgeries are medically unnecessary. From hysterectomies and tonsillectomies to mastectomiesand coronary bypass surgery, most of these medical procedures are based on nothing more than pure quackery backed by no real science. They make millions of dollars for surgeons and hospitals, but scientifically speaking they offer no real benefit to patients. Most (but not all) surgical procedures can be either prevented or entirely avoided with more natural approaches to health.
The bottom line to all this is to be careful when choosing surgery because surgical mistakes are a lot more common than you might suspect. In fact, they are apparently more common than most doctors would even suspect. As Dr. Makary wrote in his editorial, “Each hospital, whether they publicly admit it or not, and whethr or not it's discoverable in a lawsuit, has an episode of wrong-site or wrong-patient surgery either every year or once every few years.”
Don't let that catastrophic mistake happen to you.
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