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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