An Arkansas medical malpractice lawsuit was recently filed against an obstetrics and gynecology physician who allegedly injured the plaintiff’s bowel during laparoscopic surgery to remove her left ovary. The plaintiff alleges that her bowel injury was negligently unidentified when it happened and was left untreated during and immediately following the surgery.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendant doctor should not have performed the laparoscopic oophorectomy due to her prior history of right oophorectomy and hysterectomy, and that the defendant was negligent in placing Prolene surures in her small bowel.
The Alleged Underlying Facts
The 42-year-old plaintiff had laparoscopic oophorectomy performed on the left side by the defendant physician on January 15, 2014, after the discovery of a cyst on her left ovary. The defendant did not report any bowel injury during or after the surgery.
Late in the evening during the following day, the plaintiff experienced pain along with watery and bloody drainage from one of the incision sites. She went to a local hospital where she had a CT scan that found trace-free fluid and air. A couple of hours later, the plaintiff returned to the Arkansas hospital where she had the surgery and it was found that she had a soft and swollen abdomen, yellow and green drainage from her umbilical incision, a white cell count of 10.6, and a temperature of 101.5. The drainage was described as consistent with small bowel contents.
The plaintiff was given medications for infection and then transferred to another hospital where she was examined by a surgeon. She was returned to the hospital where the original surgery was performed, where it was determined that she required emergency surgery for suspected bowel injury. The surgeon found during the emergency surgery that multiple loops of small bowel were densely adherent to prior fascia closure.
Following surgery, the plaintiff required IV antibiotics and a wound vac. She developed anemia that required blood transfusions and she required total parenteral nutrition; she remained in the hospital until February 3, 2014.
A mass on the left side of the plaintiff’s umbilical area developed and was identified as an incarcerated incisional hernia, which required surgery and implantation of biologic mesh; she remained hospitalized until June 27, 2014. Since that time the plaintiff has had three additional hospitalizations.
The plaintiff’s Arkansas medical malpractice lawsuit seeks damages for her medical expenses, her past and future pain and suffering, her loss of income and earning capacity, and for disfigurement, scarring, and permanent injuries.
The defendant physician reportedly was named as a medical malpractice defendant in two other Arkansas medical malpractice lawsuits that were both filed in March 2015.
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