Surgeon-Anesthesiologist Failure to Communicate Causes Split Aorta Graft, Paraplegia; $2.5M Settlement

April 27, 2022 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​During an aortic bypass surgery, a failure to communicate between the surgeon and the anesthesiologist caused the patient's aorta graft to split, resulting in paraplegia. In a lawsuit the patient brought against the physician practice, the parties have settled for $2,500,000 in Michigan state court, according to an article in the January 2022 issue of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts.

The 68-year-old patient had a calcified aorta, which reduced blood flow to his legs. The patient underwent aortic bypass surgery to form a path...

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