A physician promises to do everything they can to keep their patients safe from harm and heal them. However some doctors do things that violate that promise, exposing victims in New York City to surgical errors that could have been avoided. If a surgeon begins making multiple surgical mistakes, those mistakes are generally reported to the state’s medical board, which can result in charges and an investigation to see if other patients under the doctor’s care may have been harmed.
This appears to be the case for a surgeon that uses a robotic arm to remove kidneys for organ donation. The surgeon has had several charges of unprofessional conduct levied against him after 11 surgeries involved complications. In those cases, surgical errors ranged from forgetting to remove sponges from the patient’s body to nicked aortas.
The errors occurred between 2008 and 2010 and in one case, the patient died after their kidney went into failure-caused by mistakes in surgery. Another victim was unable to donate a kidney to her brother because the surgeon converted the robotic surgery to open surgery after damaging her aorta. She has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against him and said she didn’t realize there were so many others who had suffered as she did because of his mistakes.
It is unsure what kind of disciplinary action will be taken against the surgeon or whether he is still using the robotic arm to perform surgery. For the victims of the medical errors he made, any action taken will have been too late to protect them. Hopefully, others will not experience the same pain and suffering. Anyone who has been injured from a medical mistake may want to consider seeking legal advice.
Source: The Denver Post, “Colorado charges doctor in problem-plagued robo-surgeries at Porter,” Michael Booth, April 10, 2013