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Poor Neurosurgery Outcomes: Malpractice Or Mere Misfortune?

Neurosurgeons are an elite group, featuring some of the most brilliant minds in the medical profession. They are brain surgeons, after all. While intelligence is a definite requirement, neurosurgeons need other important attributes, including a willingness to tackle tough surgeries where a good outcome is unlikely.

While self-confidence is crucial in the operating room, it seems that some neurosurgeons possess hubris that ends up costing their patients. The story of a St. Louis surgeon illustrates this issue.

Dr. Faisal Albanna is a 60-year-old surgeon who has performed impressive feats in his career. He saved a police officer's life in 1998, when he removed metal bullet fragments from the man's brain. The patient recovered from near death and made a remarkable recovery. Albanna has helped a lot of patients, but many claim he's hurt many, too.

Since 1987, Albanna has been sued for medical malpractice 50 times, including four wrongful death claims. The retired surgeon recently filed for bankruptcy, claiming he has only $1.1 million in assets to offset $1.7 million in liabilities.

Many of Albanna's patients say he's told them he could give them better lives through surgery, but all they've gotten is added pain and debt. If what they say is true, it's a sad situation where a doctor is willing to perform expensive surgery without providing patients a realistic scenario of their outcome - or his ability to improve their lives.

If you or a loved one has suffered a post-surgery outcome far below than what was communicated, it may evidence surgical malpractice. Contact an experienced Ohio surgery errors attorney to discuss your claim.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Dozens Of Malpractice Lawsuits Cloud St. Louis Neurosurgeon's Career," Jim Doyle, April 28, 2013

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