A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against an Atlanta surgeon being blamed for the significant spinal cord injury suffered by one of his patients. Duane Cox sought relief for his back pain from Havinder Bhatti, MD of Atlanta Spine, and in February 2018 the doctor performed surgery meant to alleviate that pain. Unfortunately, the surgery resulted in permanent neurological injuries to the patient. Cox has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking compensation for the damages that he’s suffered.
Expert witnesses providing testimony in Mr. Cox’s spinal cord injury lawsuit have indicated that the surgery that Dr. Bhatti performed is rarely done and was unnecessarily risky. His pain was associated with a calcified disc in his thoracic spine – the area of the back located just below the neck. — and despite the fact that surgery on this area is particularly difficult and attempted by very few spine surgeons, the physician led Mr. Cox to believe that he’d performed the exact same surgery on at least twenty patients.
Rare Disc Surgery Leads to Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord injury that Mr. Cox suffered as a result of the extremely risky approach that Dr. Bhatti took when performing the surgery. Though most surgeons performing the rare surgery make their incision from the front or side of the body, Bhatti chose to operate from the back, requiring him to pass the spinal cord, which lies behind the vertebrae. Not only did this approach cause permanent injury to the spinal cord, but the physician also failed to place a drain at the surgical site, allowing a hematoma to form and put additional pressure on the spine. When the hematoma was discovered the physician delayed its evacuation by 5 hours.
Dr. Bhatti is accused of misinforming the patient about his level of experience and the risk involved, and of causing the spinal cord injury that has permanently affected Mr. Cox’ life. He is pursuing legal action seeking compensatory damages, medical costs, and other injuries.