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Patient blames unnecessary surgeries on doctor errors

Surgery can be an effective method of treatment for many illnesses or injuries, but going under the knife is not without risk, and should only be done when it will absolutely benefit the patient. Doctors should be sure that Iowa patients have been correctly diagnosed before proceeding with surgery. Unfortunately, one out-of-state woman is suffering the aftermath of doctor errors that led to unneeded surgery.

Doctors told the 36-year-old woman that the results of her genetic testing indicated that she had Lynch Syndrome, which drastically increased her risk of developing both ovarian and breast cancer. She was also told that there was an 80 percent chance she would develop uterine cancer because of another genetic mutation. Her attending doctors then advised that she undergo preventative surgery to address these dangerous cancers. She followed their plan and had a hysterectomy and double mastectomy.

However, she now claims that these surgeries were unnecessary. After speaking with the company that performs the genetic testing, the patient learned that her doctors had misread her test results, wrongly diagnosing her with the genetic mutations that led to an increased risk of cancer. She must now live the aftermath of these apparently unnecessary surgeries, including early-onset menopause. The scar tissue from her double mastectomy also prevents her from getting implants.

When seeking medical care, Iowa patients must place an enormous amount of trust in their doctors. They understandably expect that medical professionals will provide the best possible care, taking preventative care only when necessary. Medical malpractice lawsuits are for when physicians act wrongly outside these expectations, causing harm to patients. Victims of doctor errors are usually able to recover just compensation for such instances, which can address medical bills, emotional trauma and ongoing pain and suffering.

Source: New York Daily News, "Woman says docs misread test, resulting in unneeded surgeries", Cassidy Grom, Oct. 25, 2017

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