Doctor sued for stapling patients rectum during surgerySeptember 25th, 2008 - 6:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 25 (ANI): A man has filed a lawsuit in Baltimore against a Maryland doctor for allegedly stapling his rectum shut during an operation, which caused him to go without defecating for 17 days.
Ronald Watkins, 64, of West Virginia, claims that the 2004 surgery Frederick County doctor Manuel Casiano carried out has left him with permanent bowel problems.
The reason for suing Dr. Casiano is very simple: His rectum was stapled shut, baltimoreexaminer.com quoted Julia Lodowski, who with attorney Emily Malarkey is representing Watkins and his wife, Brenda, as saying.
Lodowski told jurors in the U.S. District Court that Watkins often experienced rectal discharge, and needed to wipe himself between 12 and 15 times a day.
Watkins also had to have four unnecessary surgeries because of Casianos actions, Lodowski added.
Conrad Varner, the doctors attorney, claimed that Watkins bowels merely became swollen shut because of medical problems, not because of stapling.
The attorney insisted that Watkins habitual smoking was one of the reasons for his bowel problems, because nicotine constricts blood vessels.
Watkins was operated on September 8, 2004, for a rectal tumour.
A graduate of New York School of Medicine who works at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Casiano has no record of any disciplinary actions, according to the Maryland Board of Physicians.
Watkins lawsuit does not seek a specific amount of damages. The trial is expected to continue for four days. (ANI)
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