A southern Illinois woman is claiming that her doctor performed an unnecessary and costly surgery which resulted in her disfigurement. According a report in the Madison Record, the woman filed an Illinois medical malpractice lawsuit late last month against the doctor and the company that employed him-OB GYN Care.
In the suit, the victim claims that her doctor incorrectly diagnosed her as having a batholin gland abscess when in reality she was suffering from a vulva abscess. The diagnostic mistake led the doctor to recommend surgery to correct the non-existent problem. Trusting her physician as any reasonable patient would, the victim agreed to the surgery and it was performed. However, not only was the surgery unnecessary, the lawsuit alleges that it was botches as the doctor did not even remove the gland that was supposedly the cause of her problem.
The correct treatment would have involved an attempt to drain the vulva abscess. But this was never done. Instead, the woman claims the doctor indicated that he was removing the batholin gland, but never actually did-likely because he realized that the gland was not the actual problem.
As a result of the surgery the woman lost a portion of her labia leaving her with a substantial anatomical disfigurement. Those physical problems were coupled with increased medical costs, pain, lost work, and other damages.
Our Illinois medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that surgical errors are some of the most damaging mistakes that medical professionals make. Even when a physician is not negligent, there remain risks every time that a patient’s body is treated in invasive ways like surgery. However, it is unacceptable when the professional leading the surgery acts in ways inconsistent with that of other reasonable professionals. Just as egregious are cases where a patient is put through the risks and complications of a surgery unnecessarily.
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