My doctor said I will be monitored during my upcoming surgery. What does that mean and is it a guarantee that my surgery will go well?

There are no guarantees on the outcomes of any medical procedures. A doctor may make a mistake during surgery, which can result in a poor outcome. The doctor may do everything correctly and the body may not respond appropriately during surgery, resulting in a poor outcome.

During most surgical procedures involving anesthesia, the patient’s physiological status is monitored. The types of monitoring change, depending on the type of surgery. It’s very common for respiratory rate, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and oxygen level to be monitored during surgery. In addition, during some more complex surgeries involving the nervous system, the medical team may monitor the body’s nervous system. This is done using electrodes, and can help prevent neurologic injury during surgery by providing feedback to the surgeon in real time.

If you are concerned about monitoring and how it will affect your surgery, you should talk to your medical team. Surgeries are safer today than ever before, and if you have an experienced team there’s no reason to believe your surgery will go poorly.

If your surgery does turn out badly, you may wish to speak to an attorney. It’s possible that the poor outcome was through no fault of your medical providers. However, it’s also possible that negligence occurred during the surgical procedure, in which case you may have a cause of action against the doctors and/or the medical facility. Call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney at 310-385-0567. We can help if you have been injured through the negligence of a medical provider. Call today to learn more or to schedule your free consultation.