Georgia  |  Medical Malpractice

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Asked on: 5/25/00, 9:17 pm

Surgeon did the wrong procedure

My husband was scheduled for a simple umbilical hernia repair in March, 2000.The hernia was very small & surgeon said he would do a 1-2 inch vertical incision to the left of the navel.The day of surgery my husband was given a stong sedative before pre-op visit w/ the surgeon.The surgeon then explained the procedure as making incision all around the navel, removing the HERNIA & NAVEL & leaving a 5 inch horizantal scar.I knew this was not what the surgeon explained to him that before. But my husband was heavily medicated & really didn't care then. He also has no memory of the preop visit. He was horrified to wake up after the surgery.He now has no navel, and a 5 inch ragged looking scar. The consent form he signed just says repair of umbilical hernia. He has consulted a few lawyers & they say that NO ONE has EVER won a mal-practice suit in our county and will not take the case. One even said the Doctors are fearless in our county. All he wants is medical bills paid, and plastic surgery to remove the scar and reconstruct a navel. He was to be the surgeons 2nd patient that morning. But the 1st patient was a no show. So my husband was taken in 1st. We think the surgeon got his patients mixed up. What can we do?

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