Doctors sued over alleged botched knee surgery

Steve Gonzalez Aug. 19, 2008, 10:18am

Kausar Ahsan Iqbal has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Gateway Regional and two surgeons, alleging her knee replacement procedure was botched.

Iqbal claims she underwent a bilateral knee replacement at Gateway on Aug. 16, 2006.

According to the complaint filed Aug. 15, in Madison County Circuit Court, Drs. Peter Anderson and Paul Scherer performed the procedure.

Iqbal alleges Anderson and Scherer deviated from the standard of care by negligently failing to gain proper informed consent for bilateral knee replacement and failed to warn of serious complications from the surgery.

In addition, Iqbal alleges the doctors failed to perform testing to ensure that the implanted prosthetic knee devices were fabricated from materials appropriate for a patient, failed to appropriately size the replacement knees and failed to prescribe appropriate physical therapy.

The complaint says the doctors performed the surgery in a manner that resulted in the surgery to be redone within a year, instead of the 10-15 years expected life.

She claims as a result of the negligence of Anderson and Scherer, she suffered peroneal nerve palsy requiring the use of a brace to walk, infection, loosening of her knee replacements and damage to her right knee due to altered gait.

Iqbal also alleges she had to undergo six surgeries to relieve the pain, repair with grafts and decompress the nerve damage caused by Anderson and Scherer.

Iqbal claims Gateway Regional was negligent by providing surgical privileges to surgeons that provided negligent medical care.

She also alleges that the Granite City based hospital failed to establish and/or monitor and enforce rules, regulations and systems to ensure a safe and controlled patient care.

According to Iqbal, she suffered severe and permanent injuries, loss of motion in the left ankle and foot, physical pain and mental anguish, lost wages and became liable for medical expenses.

Iqbal is also seeking damages from DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., and Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturers of the knee replacement, alleging the knee replacement component parts did not conform to representations made because the components failed within a year after implantation.

She is seeking a judgment in excess of $350,000, plus costs.

Aaron Dickey of Edwardsville will represent Iqbal.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Court Judge Nicholas Byron.

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