Those who are forced to undergo surgical procedures in Providence no doubt have a great deal of confidence in their surgeons’ abilities to perform their procedures correctly. Unfortunately, a lot can still go wrong with a surgery even after the procedure itself is performed. Without adequate follow-up care, surgical patients run the risk of recurrence or developing other problems related to their recovery. Yet just as patients have the responsibility to follow the instructions of their doctors following surgery, those surgeons are also expected to deliver any follow-up care needed to help avoid any complications. A perceived failure to provide that care may be viewed as doctor negligence.
Such is the claim being made by former NFL cornerback Samari Rolle. He alleges in a surgical malpractice lawsuit that the surgeon who performed his spinal fusion in 2008 released him to return to action too soon. Shortly after his return to playing, Rolle began to feel the same symptoms he had prior to the surgery. It was later discovered that the procedure had failed. A second surgery proved to be successful, but not until after Rolle had developed nerve damage in his hand and arm that prematurely ended his playing career.