Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Injury Lawyers
The thyroid and parathyroid glands are vital for regulating the metabolism, calcium and other functions in the body. When thyroid surgery is recommended, it should be necessary for the health of the patient. Like any surgery, removing the thyroid comes with accepted risks. However, when surgical errors occur that cause injury, or the parathyroid glands are unnecessarily removed, these are beyond the risks accepted by the patient.
Thyroid surgery is usually recommended when there is cancer or a nodule on the thyroid causing problems. Surgery can include removing nodules, part of the thyroid or a complete thyroidectomy. While there are endocrine surgeons that specialize in these types of surgeries, there are only about 200 in the U.S. Instead, general surgeons may perform thyroid surgery, allowing for a higher number of errors to possibly occur.
Injuries Caused by Thyroid Surgery Errors
Any thyroid surgery should be weighed against the risks. In some cases, thyroid removal is recommended when there may have been other treatment options. Living without a thyroid can mean a patient will need to be on medications to regulate their body for the rest of their life. Unneeded removal can be the first of many medical mistakes that can occur with thyroid surgery. Other errors that can cause injury include:
- Damage to or removal of parathyroid glands causing hypothyroidism
- Damage to the nerves affecting vocal cords
- Airway obstruction from bleeding
- Anesthesia errors – can cause brain damage or death
If you have injuries or ongoing health issues caused by errors made before, during or after your thyroid surgery, Race Law Firm can help. We can discuss your claim and advise you on your best options. You may be a good candidate to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Contact our Atlanta office to schedule your free consultation.