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Tennessee Doctor Mixes Up Babies, Performs Unnecessary Surgery

This month, a mother gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in a hospital in Lebanon. The nurse came in and the mother handed her the perfectly healthy baby for what she thought was a routine checkup, which the mother thought included weighing the baby or maybe checking his blood type. When the nurse returned, she proceeded to tell the mother about how well the surgery had gone. The mother was dumbfounded and shocked, as there’s no reason her baby needed a surgery. It turns out, the baby had unnecessarily undergone a frenulectomy, which is usually performed when the flap of skin under the tongue is too tight and causes speech or feeding problems. This condition is present in roughly 5 percent of all newborns. The mother’s newborn baby boy, however, did not have the condition and was feeding perfectly fine. It turns out, the surgeon performing the procedure mixed…
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Surgeons Who Perform Overlapping Surgeries Put Patients at Risk

A man in Massachusetts who possessed a degenerative condition that constantly put pressure on his spinal cord entered the operating room under the impression that after the surgery, he would be pain free for the first time in years. He had no idea his surgeon would be juggling his complex surgery with an even more difficult procedure just two rooms down. After the surgery, he was asked to squeeze the doctor’s fingers and move his toes, and he found he couldn’t move. The doctor had somehow bent the man’s spinal cord at an angle that penetrated the membrane holding the spinal cord, paralyzing the man from the neck down. Double-booking two or more surgeries at once is a dangerous yet common practice among medical professionals. Performing surgeries concurrently saves surgeons time and generates twice as much revenue. However, the risk it poses to patients who are going under the knife…
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