Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
Tony Meng was 41 years old when a complex spinal operation left him paralyzed. Although paralysis is a known complication of such operations, he sued the surgeon.1 Only during the litigation did he learn that his surgeon had operated on 2 patients concurrently. It is not clear that the overlapping scheduling contributed to the outcome, but the media attention the case received has sparked discussion about the appropriateness of concurrent surgeries.2
Mello MM, Livingston EH. Managing the Risks of Concurrent Surgeries. JAMA. 2016;315(15):1563–1564. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2305
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: