Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments among older Americans. It is a malady suffered by people all over the country, including in Ohio. There are many treatments available that range from medication to back surgery to attempt to reduce the pain. A woman in another state had opted for surgery on her back. The surgery also resulted in the loss of a kidney as a result of a doctor error.
The woman had been admitted for a procedure that would result in the fusing of vertebrae in her lower back. This was being done in an attempt to reduce her back pain. A general surgeon whom the woman met prior to being wheeled into the operating room was responsible for preparing the surgical site for the orthopedic surgeon to perform the spinal fusion. This is a common occurrence, but what wasn’t common was that the surgeon created the incision in the woman’s pelvic area and identified what he believed to be a tumor; he then made a unilateral decision to remove it.
The growth was not a tumor but a pelvic kidney. A pelvic kidney is a normal and functioning organ that is not in the expected location. A pre-surgery MRI revealed the pelvic kidney, but the general surgeon had not reviewed the MRI prior to the beginning of the operation. A person can live a normal life with one kidney, but there is an increased chance of renal issues occurring later in life.
A patient in Ohio who has questions regarding surgical outcomes and possible doctor error should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can look at the details of the operation and may be able to advise the client if a civil suit is a possible option. A successful claim can provide compensation for current medical costs as well as costs that may arise in the future.