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What is wrong-site surgery?

Wrong-site surgery is a very serious and potentially life-threatening form of medical malpractice. Wrong-site surgery is when a surgeon does one or more of the following:

  • Performs surgery on the wrong body part
  • Performs surgery on the wrong side of the body
  • Performs the wrong surgical procedure
  • Performs surgery on the wrong patient

Wrong-site surgery should never occur. Before performing a procedure, all medical professionals involved are supposed to verify the procedure being performed, the name of the patient receiving the procedure, and the part of the body on which the procedure will be performed. This should then be re-verified immediately before surgery.

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