Uh oh — Dr. Younan Nowzaradan is known for performing life-saving weight-loss procedures on My 600-lb Life, but according to a new report, he was recently sued for medical malpractice. The 72-year-old allegedly left a stainless steel connector and tubing in a patient.
In the lawsuit obtained by Radar Online, the plaintiff sued "Dr. Now" and Houston Obesity Surgery and Best Care Clinic, INC on Sept. 7, 2017 following the botched weight-loss procedure. Two years prior, she underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove her gastric banding and port and also went under the knife to repair a hiatal hernia. "Within days of the procedure, plaintiff developed persistent extreme abdominal pain and pressure to her lower abdomen inconsistent with post-operative pain," the court docs from Harris County Court in Texas stated.
The pain was reportedly so unbearable that the plaintiff went to the emergency room, where a CT scan and pelvic ultrasound found that a "foreign body" was in her abdominal cavity. "Plaintiff sought follow-up evaluation, treatment and prognosis from two physicians and discussion began for the removal of the stainless steel connecter and tubing," the complaint read.
The plaintiff accused Dr. Now of "improperly treating and failing to completely remove all of the components of the gastric band system and by failing to recognize that he left behind a portion of the stainless steel connector and a 29 cm portion of tubing… As a direct result of the negligence and breach of standard of care by defendants, plaintiff suffered complications including, but not limited to, pain, suffering, pelvic pain, and increase adhesions requiring an additional surgery and general anesthesia for removal," the lawsuit alleged.
The plaintiff asked for damages over $200,000, but not more than $1,000,000. Dr. Now has denied the patient's allegations, and the case remains active.
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