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The consequences of weight-loss surgery gone wrong

Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, has become extremely popular in recent years. Operations such as the gastric bypass and laparoscopic banding have been advertised as safe and effective for patients struggling with obesity.

Unique issues in Beanie Wells' malpractice lawsuit

Former Ohio State running back Beanie Wells recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against three doctors after an alleged botched surgery on his Achilles tendon. Wells believes that his surgeon deliberately concealed the fact that his botched operation was unsuccessful.

Need back surgery? Make sure your surgeon is experienced, proven

Back problems are common in the U.S., where more than 600,000 patients have back surgery each year. Many of these patients have unsatisfactory results from the operation and a small, but significant, number of patients will suffer serious injuries from a surgical mistake.

Drug, alcohol addiction common among doctors

Like many other high-stress occupations, there is a high rate of drug and alcohol abuse among physicians. Unlike other jobs, however, the practice of medicine has a life-or-death element. One seemingly minor mistake caused by substance abuse can literally kill a patient.

Man sues after circumcision procedure goes unimaginably wrong

An adult male decided that he wanted to be circumcised, so he met with his doctor and set up a relatively minor surgery. When he awoke from anesthesia in a recovery room he must have thought he was still dreaming and having the nightmare of all nightmares.

Medically unnecessary spine surgeries lead to patient's death

Sadly, medically unnecessary operations are becoming prevalent in American health care. Surgery can be a big moneymaker for both doctors and hospitals, so many physicians are tempted to recommend operations even when they aren't the best option for patients.

Surgeon claims he performed appendectomy, yet appendix still there

The doctor's mistake nearly killed a 43-year-old man. The patient had an operation to remove his problematic appendix in January 2013, but 14 months later he was suffering debilitating pain in his abdominal area.

Jury awards $1M in anesthesiology malpractice lawsuit

The family of a 71-year-old woman recently recovered $1 million in damages for her hospital death that occurred 2002. Jurors sided with the deceased's family after weighing evidence regarding medical negligence of the anesthesiologist and hospital staff.

Broken ankle leads to leg amputation, $9M award for malpractice

Approximately 6 million Americans break a bone each year. While some breaks involve compound fractures and severe trauma, the vast majority of Americans' bones heal without lasting problems. Sometimes, however, a medical mistake can have disastrous consequences.

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