Surgery often comes with some degree of risk. We trust that our doctor will provide the best care possible and will do what is necessary to ensure a successful outcome. Sometimes, however, mistakes happen. Mistakes during surgery can have devastating results, as one man has learned. The man underwent a colonoscopy, an exploratory procedure that should not be dangerous. In this instance, the man alleges that he suffered a ruptured colon as the result of the negligence of the doctor performing the procedure. The man has filed a lawsuit in Cook County against the doctor as well as the Midwest Center for Digestive Health SC in Oak Lawn.
A colonoscopy is a procedure used to assess and diagnose digestive disorders including cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, colonoscopies are recommended to be performed every ten years. The use of this screening measure can provide early detection of cancer. When colon cancer is diagnosed early it can be treated much more successfully. The colonoscopy is a routine procedure that, in this instance, went wrong. The doctor tried unsuccessfully twice to perform the complete procedure and was unable to do so. He then sent the man home. Later that same day the man went to the hospital where doctors discovered that air in his abdomen from the colonoscopy had caused his colon to rupture.
A ruptured colon is a very serious and life-threatening injury that must be quickly treated. In this case, doctors performed emergency surgery and were able to repair the colon and save the man’ life. However, the man suffered an infection following the surgery, which became septic. Sepsis can occur when an infection reaches the bloodstream and is carried throughout the body causing harm to other organs. The man developed symptoms that still continue and had to undergo a colostomy. A colostomy is surgery to remove a portion of the colon, requiring the use of a colostomy bag.