Orthopedic surgeons treat a wide range of diseases and injuries including musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, and congenital disorders. Treatment includes arthroscopic surgery upon the knee and shoulder, hip replacement, the repair of fractures, carpal tunnel release, laminectomy, etc. When orthopedic surgery is not successful, patients may file medical negligence cases addressing poor surgical outcomes.
Former patients of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Hansen and Powell Valley Healthcare have filed malpractice lawsuits seeking $70M in damages. The twenty plaintiffs believe their treatment did not meet the medical standard of care. Complaints include a higher than normal rate of surgical complications as well as infections. They also believe Dr. Hansen performed surgeries outside of his medical expertise.
The Wyoming hospital is accused of taking too long to remove the doctor from their medical staff. The lawsuits have resulted in Powell Valley Healthcare filing for bankruptcy this week.
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery describes this medical specialty:
Orthopaedics is the broad based medical and surgical specialty dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. The frequency and impact of these diseases and injuries combined with recent advances in their diagnosis and treatment make orthopaedics a critical part of health care.
The ABOS credo is:
To ensure safe, ethical, and effective practice of orthopaedic surgery the ABOS maintains the highest standards for education, practice, and conduct through examination, certification, and maintenance of certification for the benefit of the public.
Only ABOS board certified orthopedic surgeons may consult and opine effectively in orthopedic surgery standard of care litigation. These experts are qualified through education, experience, and certifications to professionally address the many complications that arise in orthopedic surgery lawsuits.