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Sleep apnea surgery leads to malpractice lawsuit
Sleep apnea surgery leads to malpractice lawsuit

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau

- A Santa Fe woman has filed suit against a Houston otolaryngologist, claiming a procedure in late 2009 caused her to suffer "multiple severe and persisting complications."

A lawsuit filed Jan. 5 in Galveston County District Court says Dr. Raza Pasha misdiagnosed and improperly treated Rincey R. Wick's mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

The original petition shows Wick sought treatment from Raza and Texas Otolaryngology Partners LP for snoring and fatigue on Oct. 1, 2009. Wick was admitted to Methodist Hospital for planned surgery a month later.

She underwent a uvulopharyngopalatoplasty, tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, hyoid myotemy and geniouglossus advancement on Nov. 2, 2009, and was discharged two days later.

The operation, however, proved to be unsuccessful, according to the suit.

Wick sought additional treatment in January and April 2010 and went under three additional surgeries to correct Raza's actions, the suit states.

"All three of the plaintiff's ENT surgeons, speech language pathologists and the plaintiff's original surgeon have uniformly concluded that the plaintiff suffers from ongoing multiple and chronic complications as a direct result of the extensive simultaneous multilevel surgery on Nov. 2, 2009," the suit says.

Consequently, Wick seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

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RE: Sleep apnea surgery leads to malpractice lawsuit
Anyone who is contemplating any kind of surgery to try to avoid CPAP use should read this very carefully! A marathon of surgeries is what this woman had.

IMHO (& YES, this is MY opinion only) a lot of the surgeries (& even devices) being pushed don't even have a minor chance of one getting off of CPAP.

I am actually surprised that more lawsuits have not been filed.

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