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‘Hannibal Lecter’ surgeon’s license not suspended for months

If you heard of a doctor called “the worst surgeon I’ve ever seen” by a colleague and repeatedly compared to fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter by another, you would not exactly be rushing to his office. In fact, you would probably be wondering how a physician with a reputation for committing horrific surgical errors on […]
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Man could have lost the wrong testicle due to surgical error

A medical center in California was issued a $75,000 fine by the state’s Department of Health after an unnecessary incision was made during a surgery that occurred in December 2011. According to reports, a 33-year-old man was supposed to have his left testicle removed due to the discovery of a lesion. When surgeons began the […]
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Tool fell down patient’s throat during dental procedure

The prospect of going to the dentist creates enough anxiety for many people as it is. What if the dentist fumbled one of the instruments and let it fall into your mouth and down your throat? This frightening surgical error scenario actually happened to a Chicago-area man last November. He went to a dentist in […]
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Surgeons operate on wrong side of woman’s brain, damaging it

Wrong-site surgeries are relatively rare, but they do occur more often than anyone would like. In fact, this type of surgical error is often referred to as a “never event,” or a medical mistake that should never happen to patients. Yet, surgeons sometimes operate on the wrong body part. Sometimes they replace the left knee […]
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Doctor commits 38 mistakes during surgery, suit alleges

Though most medical professionals are just that — professional — some in Cook, Illinois, may not have their patients in mind all of the time. If a doctor loses her or his focus, it is possible for mistakes to occur. This may be what happened in the case of one woman who recently filed a […]
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Chicago hospital investigated for unnecessary throat surgeries

Medical malpractice cases in Chicago usually do not involve federal agents, doctors wearing a wire or criminal charges. But the staff of a for-profit Chicago hospital is dealing with a FBI investigation after allegations arose that surgeons were using their patients as cash cows by performing unnecessary surgeries on them, a particularly sinister form of […]
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Another study suggests distractions during surgery are dangerous

Last year, The American Journal of Surgery published a study that analyzed whether sleep-deprivation would affect medical students or not when the students performed new tasks and tasks that they were already familiar with performing. Researchers concluded that the students had to use more energy in order to perform new tasks well when they were […]
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Surgeon accused of botching 11 robotic surgery procedures

Last week on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we had mentioned in one of our blog posts that one surgeon seems to think the only reason patients may be harmed during robotic surgeries is because of human error. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to understand why more patients are being harmed […]
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‘Never events’ still injuring U.S. medical patients

Last month, we had mentioned in a post on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog that researchers estimate that as many as 4,000 “never events” are made every year while operating on patients in Illinois and throughout the country. Surgical never events include operating on the wrong patient, the wrong side of the body, or […]
Brain Injuries

Doctor says inexperience cause of fatal robotic surgery mishaps

Last month on our Chicago medical malpractice law blog, we had questioned whether doctors receive sufficient training before performing robotic surgeries on patients. The da Vinci robotic surgery system, which is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc., was used to perform about 400,000 procedures in the U.S. last year, including hysterectomies, heart valve repair surgeries and […]
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