A husband and wife have filed a lawsuit in Cook County against a hospital and doctors. The medical malpractice lawsuit alleges that the man was significantly injured during surgery while at Rush University Medical Center. The man underwent a pancreaticoduodenectomy at the hospital. The suit states that the surgeon removed too much of the small intestine during the procedure, which was done in 2013. As a result, the man suffered both physically and mentally and is unable to work.
When Medical Procedures Go Wrong
We count on our doctors and surgeons to provide the best possible care and to help us resolve our medical issues. Sometimes, however, a surgery does not go as expected and the result can be devastating. Medical malpractice is more common than many people think. In fact, as many as 400,000 deaths occur every year in the United States as the result of a medical mistake.
In this case, the surgeon was to complete a procedure that is commonly called “The Whipple Procedure” which is typically done to remove a tumor in the pancreas. When properly performed, the surgery removes the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, a small part of the stomach, and a portion of the duodenum, the top portion of the small intestine. In this case, the couple alleges that the surgeon took out too much of the duodenum, which caused the patient the inability to properly heal after surgery.