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Tracking surgical sponges is vital to patient health

Sometimes a patient will go to an Atlanta medical facility for a routine surgery and everything appears to go well. However, after several days of recovery, the patient notices that his or her pain is getting worse instead of better. This pain might even include fever. It could be a sign of a surgical souvenir — i.e., an object left in the patient's body during surgery.

‘Dancing doc’ accused of medical negligence during surgeries

A plastic surgeon from the Atlanta area has been accused of negligence in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiff accused the doctor of cavalierly dancing, singing and engaging in other ridiculous antics while she performed surgeries on her patients who were anesthetized at the time. In addition, the lawsuit claims that the doctor didn't have the appropriate qualifications to carry out the procedures she performed.

Medical malpractice topics: What is informed consent?

The term "informed consent" refers to the consent that a patient gives prior to a medical procedure. A doctor will not put you under anesthesia and perform an operation on you until you've expressly given him or her permission to do so. In other words, you need to give your consent. However, your consent also has to be "informed," meaning that your physician has fully described the procedure to you along with its potential risks, so that you can make an educated decision about whether to proceed. This consent usually needs to be codified in writing.

Did your plastic surgery procedure go horribly wrong?

Many Atlanta residents decide to "get a little work done," i.e., seek out a plastic surgeon for a little nip and tuck or other cosmetic procedure to improve their looks or keep the years at bay a little longer. But few expect to have their procedures leave them in worse condition than before their surgeries, or even more serious, cause life-threatening problems.

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