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    Partial nephrectomy results in bowel injury, lawsuit

    Plaintiff alleges negligence in failing to treat injury during initial operation

    Dawn Collins, JDDawn Collins, JDA 71-year-old woman underwent an open partial nephrectomy on her right kidney. During the operation, electrocautery was used. 

    Seven days later, the patient presented to the emergency room with abdominal pain. The emergency room physicians spoke to the original surgeon and residents involved with the nephrectomy and learned of the electrocautery use and suspected a bowel injury. The patient then underwent emergency surgery to resect the injured portion of her small bowel.

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    After 5 days, she was discharged only to return 2 days later, suffering from nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with a partial bowel obstruction and remained hospitalized for 5 days. She had two additional operations within 2 months.

    The patient sued those involved with the nephrectomy and alleged negligence in failing to treat the bowel injury during the initial operation. She claimed the physicians knew of the bowel injury at the time, failed to take appropriate steps to treat it, failed to tell the patient’s family about the injury, and did not document the injury in the operative report or any medical records. She argued that because the original injury was not repaired, she subsequently suffered life-threatening injuries.

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    Dawn Collins, JD
    MS COLLINS is an attorney specializing in medical malpractice in Long Beach, California. She welcomes feedback on this column via ...


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