What to do if after getting a common surgical procedure to fix Mortonsneuroma, a friend of mine is very ill with infection and may possibly lose a toe?

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What to do if after getting a common surgical procedure to fix Mortonsneuroma, a friend of mine is very ill with infection and may possibly lose a toe?

She was informed the day after this surgery that the preoperative tests (performed the day of surgery?)showed positive for the MRSA infection. The weeks following her surgery have been extremely painful and she felt something was not right. She mentioned the MRSA to her doctor at every follow up. He said it was fine. She has been admitted to the infectious disease ward at hospital and may undergo another surgery, an amputation, to get rid of this infection that has reached the bone in her foot. Her toe is gangrene and was in this awful state when her doctor last saw it.

Asked on March 26, 2013 under Malpractice Law, Kentucky

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

She needs an attorney immediately and she needs to understand that this is not a clear cut case. There are always risk with surgeries and MRSA is prevalent. The issue will be whether this is due to negligence or not. The attorney can begin the process of reviewing her medical records with an expert and determine if she has a solid case worth pursuing.


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