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Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Malpractice

Thyroid and parathyroid conditions affect a substantial portion of the population, ranging from benign to malignant lesions, with some cases necessitating surgical intervention for management. These conditions can manifest in various forms, including thyroid nodules, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and parathyroid adenomas. While medical management may suffice for certain cases, surgical removal becomes imperative for others, particularly when malignancy is suspected or when the condition causes significant impairment. Despite advancements in surgical techniques, thyroid and parathyroid surgeries still pose risks, albeit relatively low, with serious complications occurring in less than 2% of cases. However, the likelihood of complications increases when procedures are performed by less experienced surgeons or in complex cases involving tumor proximity to vital structures such as the recurrent laryngeal nerve or the parathyroid glands. As such, patients are strongly advised to thoroughly evaluate their surgeon’s credentials, ensuring specialized training and a high volume of thyroid and parathyroid surgeries performed annually.

While the majority of surgeons uphold rigorous professional standards, instances of suboptimal care do arise, leading to surgical errors and adverse outcomes. At Burnside Law Firm LLP, our attorneys specialize in representing individuals who have sustained injuries due to such errors during thyroid and parathyroid surgeries. We have experience navigating complex medical malpractice cases, advocating for our clients’ rights, and pursuing just compensation for their suffering and losses.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Complications

Thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, like any surgical procedure, carry inherent risks, ranging from minor complications to severe injuries. While some adverse outcomes are unavoidable due to the complexity of the surgery or the patient’s underlying health condition, others stem from surgical errors or negligence on the part of the medical team. These errors may involve a failure to adhere to the standard of care expected from surgeons in similar circumstances, resulting in preventable harm to the patient. Regrettably, such medical negligence can lead to devastating consequences, sometimes necessitating permanent interventions like tracheostomy, a procedure to create a direct airway through an incision in the trachea in the most severe cases. Injuries which can occur because of medical negligence during thyroid and parathyroid surgery include:

  • Damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve(s): The recurrent laryngeal nerve is crucial for vocal cord function and lies in close proximity to the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Damage to this nerve can result in vocal cord dysfunction, affecting speech, breathing and swallowing. In severe cases, it may lead to permanent hoarseness or loss of voice, significantly impacting the patient’s quality of life.
  • Vocal cord paralysis (bilateral and unilateral): Bilateral or unilateral vocal cord paralysis can occur due to nerve damage during thyroid or parathyroid surgery. This condition can lead to voice changes, difficulty breathing, and aspiration, where food or liquid enters the airway instead of the esophagus, posing a risk of choking and respiratory complications.
  • Hemorrhage (excessive bleeding): Hemorrhage or excessive bleeding during surgery can result from various factors, including inadequate hemostasis or injury to blood vessels. In severe cases, hemorrhage can lead to hypovolemic shock, a life-threatening condition characterized by insufficient blood volume to maintain adequate tissue perfusion and oxygenation. Prompt identification and intervention are crucial to prevent further complications.
  • Hypoparathyroidism: The parathyroid glands play a vital role in regulating calcium levels in the body. Damage to these glands during thyroid or parathyroid surgery can disrupt calcium homeostasis, leading to hypoparathyroidism. Symptoms of hypoparathyroidism may include muscle cramps, twitching, numbness or tingling in the extremities, seizures, and in severe cases, cardiac arrhythmias. Long-term management typically involves calcium and vitamin D supplementation to maintain adequate calcium levels and prevent complications such as osteoporosis and renal stones.

These are just a few examples of the potential complications and injuries that can arise from thyroid and parathyroid surgeries. It’s essential for patients to be informed about these risks and to discuss them thoroughly with their healthcare providers before undergoing surgery. Additionally, patients should seek care from experienced surgeons who perform a high volume of thyroid and parathyroid surgical procedures to minimize the likelihood of adverse outcomes.

Burnside Law Firm: Medical Malpractice Attorneys

At Burnside Law Firm LLP, our attorneys have extensive experience handling cases involving surgical errors during thyroid and parathyroid surgeries. We understand the complexities of such cases and are dedicated to advocating for our client’s rights to obtain fair compensation for their injuries and losses. By holding negligent medical professionals accountable, we strive to ensure that patients receive the justice and support they deserve on their road to recovery.

To learn more about filing a medical malpractice claim as a result of an injury sustained during thyroid or parathyroid surgery, please contact a lawyer at Burnside Law Firm in Athens or Augusta, Georgia, for a free consultation.

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Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


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    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264