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Robotic Prostatectomy Causes Bowel Perforation

Case Overview 60 year old had a robotic prostatectomy with bilateral pelvic node dissection and lysis of intra abdominal adhesions on 8/12/1012. He had elevated PSA, biopsy with Gleason 7 and 8 adenocarcinoma with no metastases on bone scan. He had previously had upper abdominal surgery. Following the procedure, pt was found to have a […]

EPIDURAL CAUSES DURAL PUNCTURE

28 year old female in labor was administered an epidural by a resident anesthesiologist. The epidural was allegedly misdirected and the procedure was complicated by a dural puncture. As a result, the plaintiff had brain swelling and suffered from seizures. Does the fact that dural puncture occurred indicate a deviation from the standard of care? […]

RETRACTOR PLACEMENT CAUSES NERVE INJURY

The patient, a 58 y/o male, was admitted to the hospital with severe diverticulitis. A general surgeon performed an exploratory laparotomy, lysis of adhesions, takedown of the sigmoid flexure with sigmoid and partial left colectomy withdescending colorectostomy and appendectomy. A Bookwalter retractor was used during the surgery. Almost immediately after the surgery the patient experienced […]

LUMBAR SURGERY LEADS TO BOWEL PERFORATION

Patient developed severe abdominal pain immediately after the performance of L4-S1 laminectomy and fusion with hardware. Thereafter, she had several CT Scans which indicated a bowel perforation. The following morning, patient underwent a laparotomy to repair a small bowel perforation. The pathology report for the laparotomy indicated that a bone fragment was seen within the […]

BOWEL PERFORATION FOLLOWING TUBAL LIGATION

Patient was in OR for tubal ligation, during procedure patient suffered cardiac arrest and was resuscitated. When the doctor (ob/gyn) returned to the incision site she noted a bowel perforation. A general surgeon was called in to repair the damage, and chose to not remove the damaged portion of bowel and repaired the damage. Patient’s […]