You’ve probably heard horror stories about patients who have been victims of “wrong site, wrong surgery” injuries. Those are situations where something happens like the surgeon operates on a patient’s left elbow instead of the right, or performs a knee replacement on a patient who was supposed to have a hernia repaired.
Unlike many modern horror stories and urban legends, these kinds of stories are actually true — and they happen far more often than most people think. While it’s supposed to be the job of the hospital and surgeon to get things right, patients are wise to do everything they can to avoid falling victim to this type of negligence.
So, what can you do? Before your next surgery, take the following steps: