A Bradenton neurosurgeon who cut a hole on the wrong side of a patient’s skull — amazingly, the second such offense in his career — got a surprise from the Florida Board of Medicine in Jacksonville. He found out that they were not going to honor a proposed settlement from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) that would have let him off the hook with a relative slap on the wrist of a fine and “letter of concern.”
Instead, the board said the doctor had a choice: accept a reprimand or go through an expensive and lengthy full evidentiary hearing on the matter. Read the rest »
A story in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that surgeons in the United States make thousands of “never event” errors every year. A “never event” is described as a medical mistake that should never happen — like an operation on the wrong person or a sponge being left inside a patient’s body.
According to a recent study published online in the journal Surgery, surgeons make as many as 4,000 of these kinds of mistakes each year. The study, which was released by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, used data from various sources, including a federal repository of medical malpractice judgments and out-of-court-settlements, to come to this conclusion. Read the rest »
A Tampa woman, who lost her hands and feet due to a flesh-eating bacteria infection that she allegedly contracted following a Tampa General Hospital outpatient surgical procedure, is suing the hospital for medical malpractice.
The patient believed she would be able to go home a few hours after having surgery to remove an ovarian cyst in 2010. Instead, she endured eight operations in twelve days and didn’t leave the hospital until six months later. Read the rest »
The office is nice, the doctor is charming and there are impressive-looking certificates on the wall. Finally, you have decided to take the hard-earned money you’ve been saving to get the cosmetic surgery procedure you’ve always dreamed of. Since your doctor has offered the service, you just assume that he or she is a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Don’t be so sure.
With insurance reimbursements harder to come by, more doctors are wading into the more lucrative (and mostly out-of-pocket) cosmetic surgery field — regardless if they are board-certified for that specialty or not. And patients are paying the price. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of dissatisfied or disfigured patients revisiting operations to fix botched jobs performed by unqualified doctors is on the rise. Incapacitating Injuries, as well as fatalities, have also been reported. Read the rest »
In the early 1980s, Dr. Thomas Graboys, a doctor at Harvard Medical School, was highly sought out for second options by patients across the United States who had been told they needed to undergo bypass surgery because they had a high risk of suffering a heart attack. Graboys often cited a study done by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which followed patients for five years who were experiencing blood vessels to the heart narrowing. The study found that in most cases, medical therapy was just as effective as surgical therapy.
Graboys also conducted a study of his own, reviewing the medical records of 100 high-risk heart disease patients who were candidates for bypass surgery, but he believed surgery was unnecessary. He found that 76 decided to forgo the surgery; and 18 months later, 75 were alive. Of the 24 patients who decided to have surgery, after 18 months, two had died. While statistically these results are essentially the same, it does show that bypass surgery isn’t right for everyone. Read the rest »