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Posted on February 12, 2015 by

Man Sues Alton Surgeon for Leaving Bone Chips Behind After Surgery

After you have surgery, you assume that everything is going to be fine. You plan to heal, go back to work, and resume your regular activities. This was not the case for one Wood River man, who is now suing after an Alton surgeon reportedly left chips of bone behind after operating on the man’s sinus cavity, nasal passages and other areas.

According to the article on, the surgery was originally supposed to be fairly routine. Afterwards, the man, who used to be a truck driver, began complaining of incredible pain at the surgery site and in the surrounding tissues. The surgeon did not warn him of a possible infection, and didn’t prescribe any antibiotics to guard against infection. Instead, he advised his patient that the issue would resolve itself in time.

His pain continued to increase and he started experiencing other symptoms as well. His family doctor admitted him to the hospital for treatment, but admits that there is no surgery that will undo the damage that has been done.

This story is tragic, but unfortunately, it’s also very common. Perhaps you can relate, and you or someone you love is dealing with issues following a surgical procedure that just don’t make sense. It’s possible that you could have a medical malpractice lawsuit, but you’ll never know unless you talk with a qualified St. Louis medical malpractice attorney to discuss your case.