A Texas medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against a surgeon who allegedly removed 40% of the plaintiff’s healthy pancreas instead of the cancerous tumor on her adrenal gland. The defendant surgeon told the 63-year-old woman’s family shortly after the surgery that he had removed her left adrenal gland containing the cancerous tumor and that the woman was now cancer-free, according to the plaintiff’s Texas medical malpractice lawsuit. The surgery took place in November 2016 after the woman was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma.
After filing his client’s medical malpractice case, the plaintiff’s Texas medical malpractice lawyer stated, “This is not a circumstance where the surgeon accidentally nicked the pancreas. That is not what happened. It wasn’t a slight mistake. He went in and took out half of the pancreas. And the pancreas is terribly important.”
As a result of a large portion of the plaintiff’s pancreas being wrongfully removed, which regulates blood sugar levels, fluids from her injured pancreas leaked into her abdomen, which continues to the present day. The woman required 27 surgeries to drain her pancreas. She has also developed Type I diabetes as a result.
The woman still has cancerous tumors on her adrenal glands. Her health care providers are waiting to perform further surgery to remove the cancerous tumors until she becomes stronger after having undergone the previous surgeries.
After her medical malpractice lawsuit was filed, the plaintiff stated, “I don’t know where the cancer stands right know and it’s been almost a year. I know it has to come out. They’re trying to prolong it six months until I can heal a little more. I’m scared to death what they’re going to find. You think of a doctor as God and that he’s going to fix everything. And he did the reverse.”
The Texas medical malpractice plaintiff’s original surgery was performed using the DaVinci Robotic Surgical System but its use evidently did not cause the wrong organ being removed by the defendant surgeon, as alleged in the medical malpractice lawsuit.
What Is The Pancreas And What Does It Do?
According to The Johns Hopkins Medicine website:
“The pancreas is an elongated, tapered organ located across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. The right side of the organ, called the head, is the widest part of the organ. It lies in the curve of the duodenum, the first section of the small intestine. The tapered left side extends slightly upward, called the body of the pancreas, and ends near the spleen, called the tail.
Functions of the pancreas
The pancreas has digestive and hormonal functions:
The enzymes secreted by the exocrine gland in the pancreas help break down carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and acids in the duodenum. These enzymes travel down the pancreatic duct into the bile duct in an inactive form. When they enter the duodenum, they are activated. The exocrine tissue also secretes a bicarbonate to neutralize stomach acid in the duodenum.
The main hormones secreted by the endocrine gland in the pancreas are insulin and glucagon. They regulate the level of glucose in the blood, and somatostatin, which prevents the release of the other 2 hormones.
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