Controversial Medical Treatments and Lawsuits
Controversial medical treatments are performed every day across the United States. These controversial treatments may increase the risk of a doctor or medical professional acting negligently or making a mistake during the procedure. When a doctor or healthcare professional makes an error and deviates from the standard of care, they can – and should – be held accountable.
Not all controversial medical treatments result in a lawsuit, but many do!
If you believe that your medical provider caused you harm and acted negligently, you may have a right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Whether you undergo a controversial medical treatment or a routine procedure, you deserve to have the best medical care at all times. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can review your case to determine if you can file a lawsuit against the physician or medical professional that caused you harm.
Top 5 Controversial Medical Treatments
Some are brand new treatments, some are thousands of years old, but they’re all controversial. And they’re performed every day.
1. Electroshock Therapy
The medical community introduced Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or Electroshock therapy, as a medical therapy in the 1930s. The procedure involves placing electrodes on the forehead and passing electrical currents into the brain. The electricity then which lasts 30 to 60 seconds on average.
It was a scary process that many patients feared. Anyone who has seen One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest or American Horror Story: Asylum knows just how scary of a treatment it was back then.
In fact, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is credited with creating the therapy’s tarnished image in mainstream society. It was around that time the process became safer, thanks to modification in current duration, and ways to calm the patient. It was nearly too late, however. The reputation was widespread.
Today, patients receive anesthesia and electricity doses that are much more controlled. This makes the therapy much safer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Patients also receive muscle relaxers that prevent the convulsive seizure most people think of.
According to experts, 75 to 85 percent of patients who receive ECT recover from their symptoms.
Trepanning is an infamous surgical technique that involves removing or drilling a hole in the patient’s skull. Cave paintings point to the practice being at least 8,000 years old. The procedure was originally thought to help cure , seizures, and serious psychiatric disorders.
Modern surgeons don’t call the procedure trepanation but opt for craniotomy instead.
As WebMD notes, a craniectomy can save a person’s life if their . It may also leave them permanently disabled. A recent study found that the procedure “can drastically reduce the risk of death, with about 30 percent of patients dying following the procedure compared to 52 percent of those treated with standard medical care.”
However, “people treated with a craniectomy were three times more likely to wind up in a vegetative state … and often were as likely to suffer long-term disabilities as patients receiving standard medical care.”
We think it’s pretty clear why cutting holes in people’s heads is controversial.
Circumcision is one of the most controversial topics among people today. Usually, when someone has an opinion on the topic, it’s a strong one. And when you really think about what it is, it’s not surprising.
The practice is pretty simple. A doctor or surgeon cuts off the foreskin from the penis, exposing the glans (head).
The practice has been done for thousands of years, for both health and religious reasons. The fact is, circumcision can help reduce infection, sometimes and in some babies. Not circumcising a person may improve their sexual function and pleasure.
Either way, you look at it, it is a little weird to cut off a perfectly healthy body part, just because other people do.
However, the practice is sure to continue and sure to stay controversial.
4. Bariatric Surgery (AKA Weight Loss Surgery)
Bariatric surgery is quickly becoming an outdated term. It is more often called weight-loss surgery or gastric bypass surgery. The operation is performed on patients who are morbidly obese to decrease their weight.
Studies have shown that there are very real risks of serious health complications. In a survey of 2,522 patients who had the surgery, 21.9 % itself and 40% experienced issues within six months of the procedure. One out of 50 patients who have the surgery will die from complications.
The surgery is controversial for these reasons. But it is also considered a surgical fix for what is seen as a choice. Those who eat too much should work to lose the weight, rather than having a “magical” fix. Or so the argument goes.
The tonsillectomy is one of the most well-known procedures in the world. The basic idea of the surgery is to cure repeated cases of acute tonsillitis (repeated inflammation of the ) by removing the lymph nodes.
The procedure was much more common in the 1980s but has recently become popular again with diagnoses of sleep apnea. In general, this surgery has always been more common in children.
Critics of tonsillectomies claim that removing the tonsils does little to improve the symptoms in the long term. They also argue that it causes unnecessary suffering.
Besides the pain, tonsillectomies are linked to dramatic weight gain in children, according to a recent study. The procedure increases the chances of a child becoming overweight or obese by 61 percent. In cases where the adenoids are left in. When the adenoids are removed with the tonsils, the risk goes up 136 percent.
Can I Sue Because of Controversial Medical Treatments?
Lawsuits over medical procedures are usually filed on the basis of medical malpractice. While some treatments may be deemed controversial, that does not mean that a doctor can be sued because they provided them. However, these controversial medical procedures may provide more opportunities for a doctor to engage in medical malpractice which is when they negligently deviate from the standard of care and injure a patient. The standard of care is the quality of treatment expected of a medical professional based on comparison to their peers. It does not even have to be a doctor that perpetrates medical malpractice. Other parties such as hospitals and other types of medical professionals may be considered liable as well. When you file a medical malpractice claim you need to be able to prove this breach of the standard of care as well as be able to show that this breach is what caused your injuries which is not always applicable just because a treatment is controversial.
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