General Complications of Surgery

Surgery is an integral part of health care today, with an estimated 234 million operations performed yearly around the world. Although the rate of intraoperative morbidity is less than 1%, the rate of surgical complications ranges from 3-17%. This illustrated lecture explores complications commonly encountered during a wide variety of surgeries in medical malpractice litigation. It examines general surgical techniques and advances, as well as concepts such as infection, wound healing, adhesions, and perforation, in depth, in order to evaluate potential alternative causations for allegations of negligence.