'My 600-lb Life' doctor faces malpractice lawsuit after he 'deformed' his patient's stomach
The surgeon was recently sued for medical malpractice when he allegedly left a stainless steel connector and tubing in a patient.
In the over five years since My 600-Lb Life premiered, we’ve watched tens of obese patients lose thousands of pounds collectively. The man at the center of all of these success stories is Dr. Younan Nowzaradan.
The weight loss surgeon, who performs all of the procedures on My 600-Lb Life, has become the main star of the TLC reality series. He’s in every episode, helping his patients before, during, and after of their surgeries, and many have lovingly dubbed him 'Dr. Now.'
According to a Radar Online report, in the lawsuit obtained from Harris County Court in Texas, a patient sued Dr. Nowzaradan, and Houston Obesity Surgery and Best Care Clinic, INC on September 7, 2017, after a botched weight-loss procedure.
On September 11, 2015, the plaintiff underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove her gastric banding and port, including tubing. She also went under the knife to repair a hiatal hernia.
'Within days of the procedure, plaintiff developed persistent extreme abdominal pain and pressure to her lower abdomen inconsistent with post-operative pain,' the court docs from Harris County Court in Texas stated.
The pain was reportedly so unbearable that the plaintiff went to the emergency room, where a CT scan and pelvic ultrasound found that a foreign body was in her abdominal cavity.
"Plaintiff sought follow-up evaluation, treatment and prognosis from two physicians and discussion began for the removal of the stainless steel connector and tubing," the complaint read.
The plaintiff accused Dr. Now of improperly treating and failing to completely remove all of the components of the gastric band system and by failing to recognize that he left behind a portion of the stainless steel connector and a 29 cm portion of the tubing.
As a direct result of the negligence and breach of a standard of care by defendants, plaintiff suffered complications including, but not limited to, pain, suffering, pelvic pain, and increase adhesions requiring an additional surgery and general anesthesia for removal, the lawsuit alleged.