Surgeon accused of disrupting man's blood supply

Kelly Holleran Aug. 13, 2010, 6:00am

A man blames a doctor at Lincoln Surgical Associates for the substantial swelling of his groin and a high-riding testicle he experienced after significant disruption of blood supply during a surgery.

Wayne Ponder filed a lawsuit July 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Lincoln Surgical Associates and Dr. Bernard Szopa.

Ponder claims he trusted Szopa to repair his recurrent right inquinal hernia at Memorial Hospital on Aug. 7, 2008.

However, during the surgery, Ponder allegedly caused a disruption of the blood supply to Ponder's right testicle and a shortening of the spermatic cord, according to the complaint.

As a result, Ponder suffered tremendous groin swelling, a high-riding testicle and atrophy of the testicle, the suit states. In addition, he experienced severe pain, mental anguish, expense and permanent disability; incurred medical costs; and sustained an impaired ability to enjoy his business, employment and occupation to the same extent he could before his surgery, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Ponder seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

Bruce A. Carr of The Rex Carr Law Firm in East St. Louis will be representing him.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-379.

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