2. Medical Malpractice and Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands

  1. Paolo Miccoli MD Professor of Surgery2,
  2. David J. Terris MD, FACS Surgical Director, Georgia Health Thyroid/Parathyroid Center, Porubsky Professor and Chairman3,
  3. Michele N. Minuto MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Surgery4 and
  4. Melanie W. Seybt5
  1. Daniel D. Lydiatt and
  2. Robert Lindau

Published Online: 18 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118444832.ch2

Thyroid Surgery: Preventing and Managing Complications

Thyroid Surgery: Preventing and Managing Complications

How to Cite

Lydiatt, D. D. and Lindau, R. (2013) Medical Malpractice and Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands, in Thyroid Surgery: Preventing and Managing Complications (eds P. Miccoli, D. J. Terris, M. N. Minuto and M. W. Seybt), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118444832.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

  2. 3

    Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA, USA

  3. 4

    Department of Surgical Sciences (DISC), University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

  4. 5

    Columbia Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, Columbia, SC, USA

Author Information

  1. Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, Omaha, NE, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 DEC 2012
  2. Published Print: 25 FEB 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470659502

Online ISBN: 9781118444832

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Keywords:

  • litigation;
  • malpractice;
  • medico-legal;
  • recurrent nerve injury;
  • standard of care;
  • tort reform

Summary

Medical malpractice occurs worldwide; the USA has the greatest problem, reaching crisis proportions, affecting healthcare delivery and access to care. Rates of thyroid surgery and carcinoma incidence seem to be increasing in the USA. Healthcare personnel frustrated with lack of litigation reform are looking for litigation prevention through education, analysis and management strategies by analysing data from professional legal services from past litigation summaries. Studies from head and neck sites, including thyroid and parathyroid, have been done. We highlight these studies, attempting to identify solutions, areas of concern and potential risk management, and prevention strategies.