The 72-yr-old bariatric surgeon, who is known for performing life-saving weight loss surgeries on the TLC hit show, is being accused of leaving a stainless steel connector and tubing in a patient.
According to Radar Online, the lawsuit was filed against Dr. Nowzaradan and the Houston Obesity Surgery and Best Care Clinic, INC on September 7, 2017 following an alleged botched weight-loss procedure.
The plaintiff claims that on September 11, 2015, she underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove her gastric banding and port, including tubing. She later had another surgery 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 lawsuit claims.
The patient ultimately had a CT scan and pelvic ultrasound following unbearable pain. It was during those medical tests that a “foreign body” was discovered 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 lawsuit reads. She later had more surgery to remove the connector and tubing on February 12, 2016.
The plaintiff is now accusing Dr. Nowzaradan 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 tubing.”
The plaintiff is asking for over $200,000, but not more than $1,000,000, in damages for “suffering severe injuries and damages as a result of the breach of the standard care by Defendants.”
Dr. Now filed a response to the lawsuit in which he denies the patient’s accusations. The case is currently ongoing.