Case Studies2021-03-16T17:31:15+00:00

Cervical Injury Stabilization

This case involved a 72–year–old male patient with a history of degenerative disc disease, kyphosis, and ankylosing spondylitis with fusion of C2–C6. The patient was involved in an MVA and transported to the hospital with multiple abrasions, bruises, and complaints of lower extremity weakness. X-rays and CT revealed [...]

Cervical Spine Injury

A 34-year-old male was involved in an MVA in which he suffered significant cervical spine fractures. He presented to the defendant institution for evaluation and treatment. An x-ray, CT, and MRI were all done that evening which showed fractures of the C6 and C7 facets bilaterally, a burst fracture [...]

Stroke & tPA

This case involved a 51-year-old man with a history of multiple myeloma, amyloidosis, hypertension, and hypercalcemia who awoke around 2:30 am unable to speak or hold himself up on his right side. His wife reported he had gone to bed at 11 pm the previous night after having a [...]

Total Hip Replacement

This case involved a 45-year-old woman who had undergone a transvaginal tape suspension (TVT) and rectocele repair in February 2004. Postoperatively she complained of left groin pain and tests revealed a small cortical cyst in the left femoral head so she was sent for an orthopedic evaluation. Her [...]


This case involved a female patient who had a 5 cm cyst on her right ovary. She underwent surgery for removal of the cyst with possible oophorectomy. During the operation, her surgeon encountered dense adhesions throughout her abdomen. Extensive adhesiolysis was carried out in order to better visualize the [...]

Lumbar Nerve Root

This case involved a 19-year-old male patient who had a history of low back pain for about a year and was reporting severe, constant, and aching lower back pain of 8-9 on a scale of 10, as well as radicular right leg pain, decreased sensation on the right, difficulty [...]

Thoracic Spine Fusion

This case involved an obese male patient with a multi-year history of lower leg pain and numbness. He eventually underwent decompression and fixation of the thoracic spine. After the procedure, he experienced pain relief but was unable to move his legs. A CT showed one of the pedicle [...]

Hernia Repair

This case involved a middle-aged male patient with bilateral inguinal hernias. The right side had both direct and indirect hernia, so the defendant repaired it with pre-cut mesh. The left side had smaller direct and indirect hernias, as well as an incarceration of a loop of the sigmoid. The [...]

Gastric Bypass

This case involved a morbidly obese woman who underwent a vertical banded gastroplasty with Roux-en-Y. The procedure was performed through an open incision because the patient was undergoing a cholecystectomy and a ventral hernia repair during the same surgery. The bypass was uneventful, a gastrostomy tube was placed, [...]

Ureter Injury

Generally speaking, gynecologic surgery accounts for over 50% of all ureteral injuries resulting from operations. Hysterectomy of any type is usually a safe procedure, but any surgery has risks, such as blood loss, blood clots, infection, damage to surrounding organs, and reactions to anesthesia. Surgery involving the organs [...]


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