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Is it Normal to Experience Paralysis After Surgery?

You may have heard that paralysis is a common side effect of certain types of surgery, but this is not necessarily true. Paralysis is a serious risk when surgeons or doctors make serious mistakes during an operation or procedure. (While some feelings of paralysis may happen as anesthesia is wearing off, this blog refers to lasting paralysis that stems from errors made during surgery.)

Categories of Paralysis

If your surgeon makes an error during your operation, you could experience a number of different forms of paralysis, including:

  • Quadriplegia (arms and legs)
  • Paraplegia (lower body)
  • Monoplegia (one limb or area of the body)
  • Hemiplegia (one side of the body)
  • Diplegia (same paralyzed area on both sides of the body)

The Negative Effects of Paralysis

Paralysis from surgery can come in varying degrees, ranging from temporary to permanent lack of function. Sometimes patients experience temporary paralysis and regain some use of paralyzed body parts, while others are never able to regain muscle control. In some cases, paralysis can even lead to shrinking, spastic, and jerky muscles.

Regardless of the type of paralysis you experience, it can have adverse effects on your overall health. You may experience blood clots, incontinence, problems with vital organs, and other painful secondary issues. Paralysis of any kind can also weaken your muscles and increase your risk of injury later on, as well as interfere with your ability to work and earn a living.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Serving Wichita Since 1979

Our team at Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC has handled many cases of medical malpractice, and we are prepared to be your advocate during this time. We know you are worried about your future and wondering how you’re going to afford the cost of treating your new complications. However, rest assured that you don’t have to live with the financial consequences of paralysis if your doctor’s error is what caused your paralysis. Our team of Wichita medical malpractice attorneys can help.

Call (316) 688-1166 now to speak to a member of our team or contact us online to schedule your free, confidential case review.

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