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Common surgical complications Maryland residents should know

In a perfect world, no one would ever get sick or hurt. However, this is far from a perfect world. On a daily basis, Maryland residents deal with serious injuries and illnesses that require medical attention. Most individuals need to seek expert help in order to get well. If a medical crisis is serious enough, surgery might be necessary in order to fix the problem.

No matter how careful a surgeon is, all surgeries carry certain risks. When the human body is cut open, there is always the chance that something will go wrong. Patients need to be on the lookout for common surgical complications that can slow or derail his or her recovery.

Medical professionals have identified several common complications. One major complication is infection. Data shows that around one percent of all surgeries result in an infection. These can range from minor injuries to life threatening cases. Around 8,000 people die each year from a surgical infection.

Another major complication following a surgery is a blood clot. These clots can form for any number of reasons and cause serious harm. In some cases, a blood clot can lead to a pulmonary embolism, which is often fatal.

Muscle weakness is another common complication from surgery. This occurs when patients are immobilized for a period of time. The muscles in the person's body begin to atrophy, which is why people are encouraged to get up as soon as possible after surgery.

Other common complications from surgical procedures include a collapsed lung, fatigue, pain and confusion. It is important for people who have suffered these complications to know whether these were just flukes or were caused by some sort of surgical errors. Complications -- including post-surgical bleeding -- are often caused by the haste or negligence of a surgeon.

In these cases, it is important to take the proper steps to uncover the details of the surgery. This could help the patient and their loved ones gain a better understanding regarding his or her complications. An attorney could help victims fight for the compensation they need to recover while also helping him or her make informed decisions regarding their situation.

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