Thousands of patients across the country go to hospitals each day for surgical procedures, and here in New Jersey surgical patients enjoy access to some of the nation's best hospitals and doctors through medical facilities in the Tri-state area. While many patients have fears about the underlying reasons that they must undergo surgery, few anticipate the very real possibility that mistakes during surgery will leave them worse off than before the procedures.
A patient at a highly respected regional hospital recently fell victim this very fate. A dialysis recipient with two failed kidneys, the patient was scheduled to have one kidney removed, but the acting surgeon removed the wrong kidney. Doctors later had to remove the kidney that should have been extracted in the first surgery, leaving the elderly individual without either organ.