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Doctor error: Surgical tools left behind in patient

Weight loss is on the minds of many people in Massachusetts and in the United States. Some are able to achieve weight loss through diet and exercise, but many are not. For those who need additional weight loss assistance, many seek the help of medical professionals. One woman who opted for surgery to help achieve weight loss has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit claiming that a doctor error has resulted in physical pain and additional medical treatment.

The doctor named is the lawsuit has become popular because of a television show called "My 600-lb Life". The show follows morbidly obese patients of Dr. Younan Nowzaraden, who is a 72-year-old physician who performs surgeries on patients with the hope that weight loss will occur. The woman who filed the lawsuit had a surgery performed by Dr. Nowzaraden to remove a gastric band and repair her hiatal hernia

After being discharged to home, the woman's pain increased instead of improving. The woman returned to the emergency room, and imaging revealed that foreign objects remained in her abdomen. Her doctors believe that Dr. Nowzaraden accidentally left a stainless steel connector and tubing in the woman during the surgery. 

Not only can a doctor error such as this one result in pain and more time for additional medical care, the medical care is expensive. Unexpected medical complications can also result in extended time away from work and loss of income. Massachusetts patients who have suffered unnecessary pain and suffering from similar errors may find comfort in learning about their options for legal recourse from an experienced personal injury lawyer.  

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

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