Theresa Seto, a 47 year old mother of five, underwent gallbladder removal surgery by Dr. Michael Fraterelli, M.D. at the Medical Center of Aurora.
When K.W. stepped into North Suburban Medical Center on November 21, 2013, she presented with long lasting upper abdominal pain. Her ultrasound revealed gallstones and a right inguinal (groin area) hernia. K.W. immediately underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove her gallbladder (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) and repair the hernia. K.W. was discharged on November 22 but returned two days later presenting with post-op upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and yellow fluid drainage at her port site. She was discharged just 24 hours later.
A surgeon performed a routine, anterior cervical discectomy on a 54-year-old mother. During the operation, the surgeon injured the patient’s left common carotid artery. Although the doctor attempted to repair the damaged artery, after the surgery imaging studies revealed a large cerebral cortical infarct. The patient died two days later as a result of the injury to the carotid artery and cerebral cortical infarct.