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Surgical errors: Woman claims surgical tools left in abdomen

Operating room technicians and nurses have strict protocols they must follow prior to a patient's surgery completion. All aspects of surgery are important, but the sponge count at the end of a surgery is extremely important. During the surgery, technicians and nurses keep track of the number of sponges and tools used on the patient and physically recount the items just before a patient is closed up to ensure that no items are left in the patient at completion. When items are left behind, they can cause great harm to the patient. Delaware patients may be interested to learn of a woman's ordeal involving surgical errors that left surgical tools in her abdomen following surgery.

The woman received surgery to repair a hiatal hernia and to remove a gastric band all in relation to a weight loss procedure. The surgery was performed by Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, who has become well known from the reality television show "My 600-lb Life." In the show, Dr. Nowzaradan helps patients achieve weight loss through surgery who have been unsuccessful with weight loss through diet and exercise.

After being discharged to go home following her surgery, the woman began experiencing severe, abnormal abdominal pain. An evaluation at an emergency room revealed that the woman had foreign objects in her abdomen. She and her physicians concluded that the objects were likely left behind by Dr. Nowzaradan.

The patient has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Nowzaradan. Similar surgical errors such as this one can result in extra medical procedures and related expenses. Delaware patients who feel they have suffered due to the negligence of a surgeon may find some hope after discussing their case with an attorney.

Source:, "My 600-lb Life Star Dr. Nowzaradan Sued for Medical Malpractice", Megan Heintz, March 23, 2018

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