Texas Surgeon Removes Half of Patient’s Pancreas Instead of Cancerous Tumor

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A 63 year old Alvarado woman went in for surgery in November 2016 to remove a cancerous tumor from her adrenal gland, which was near her kidneys. Instead, the surgeon in Dallas removed about 40 percent of her pancreas, according to a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the woman. The woman’s attorney alleges that this was not a simple accident in which the surgeon accidentally nicked the pancreas – instead, he took out a large portion of the pancreas.

Since the surgery, the woman has been sick every day. The surgery happened months after the woman was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma. In the days after the surgery, fluids from the pancreas leaked into her abdomen, which forced her to have a second surgery. Fluids from the woman’s pancreas have caused her to have 27 operations to drain them. In addition, the woman has developed type I diabetes as a result of damage to the pancreas.

The surgery was performed by a robotic system, which does not appear to have malfunctioned. After the surgery, the doctor told the woman’s family that it was successful and that the adrenal gland and tumor were removed and that she was cancer free. Unfortunately, the tumors are still there and are on her right and left adrenal glands. The woman is uncertain where her cancer diagnosis stands.

If the reports are accurate, this appears to be an egregious case of medical malpractice. Doctors and other medical professionals who commit malpractice are responsible for compensating victims of their negligent actions. Medical malpractice victims are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.

Call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on Twitter to learn more.
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