Surgical mistakes are unfortunately a common occurrence. Providence surgeons work long hours and often under stressful situations. The strain that is placed on their mind and bodies can lead them to perform at subpar levels which will result in seriously negative consequences for their patients. In the news stories abound about medical equipment left inside the victim, failure to properly monitor the patient as well as careless surgeons who acted unprofessionally. However, you don't often hear about a surgeon being so careless that they don't actually perform a surgery while claiming they did.
One woman alleges that very thing happened to her at the hands of an orthopedic surgeon with whom she worked for nearly a decade. The doctor who discovered the falsified operation asserts that this woman's experience was not as rare as one would hope. In fact, he directed many of the patients, who were supposedly operated on at the hands of the same orthopedic surgeon, to the truth that the procedures were never actually completed. The orthopedic surgeon is currently facing over 250 lawsuits. In the woman's specific case, a length of bone was supposedly removed but then showed up intact with subsequent testing.
Careless Rhode Island doctor errors can result in prolonged pain, permanent disability and even loss of life in some cases. If you feel that you have been the victim of a surgical mistake, discussing your situation with an attorney may be able to give you clarity on how to proceed under such distressing circumstances.
Source: ABC News, “Faked Surgeries Are Rare but Hard to Spot,” Liz Neporent, July 25, 2013