Patient left unable to poop or pass gas after doctor operates on wrong end of his colon

The patient arrived at the hospital with a skin wound on his lower back and left with even more serious problems

Patient left unable to poop or pass gas after doctor operates on wrong end of his colon
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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA: A doctor made a critical mistake during a colon surgery, leaving a patient unable to poop or pass gas. A formal complaint has been filed at the Florida Department of Health alleging that Dr Scott Zenoni performed surgery at the wrong end of a patient's colon. The doctor's medical license may now be revoked or suspended.

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The patient, identified only as MW in the complaint, allegedly arrived at the hospital on September 30, 2020, with a skin wound on his lower back. The wound wasn't really healing and was "exacerbated by contamination with feces." According to the complaint, Zenoni had the patient scheduled for surgery on October 8, 2020, carrying out a "diverting colostomy procedure that would divert the fecal steam and allow the sacral wound to heal." 

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During the surgery, however, Dr Zenoni "inadvertently diverted the wrong end of Patient M.W.'s colon," which caused the procedure to go wrong and the patient lost the ability to poop or pass gas.

A CT scan identified the problem twelve days after the procedure. Zenoni later operated on October 21, 2020, fixing the problem and the complications resulting from the initial procedure.

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According to the complaint, Zenoni did not "properly perform" the patient's colon surgery during the initial procedure. The initial complaint was submitted on August 23, 2021, and an amended version was filed last week on September 13. 

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According to the Florida Department of Health's website, Zenoni has held a license in the state since November 26, 2013. The American Board of Surgery has certified him in surgery and surgical critical care. This was the first administrative complaint the doctor had received in his nine-year career and his license might be permanently suspended or revoked. According to his online profile, his license status is still valid and active at the time of publication.

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In a similar case of a botched surgery, a Florida internal medicine and cardiovascular disease doctor's medical license was revoked last year after a patient died from complications that arose from a liposuction.

A tumescent liposuction procedure was carried out by the doctor on December 12, 2014, under local anesthesia. No complications were noted when the patient was released from the hospital after the procedure. The patient arrived at Oak Hill Hospital ten days after the operation, where a bowel perforation was discovered. For the purpose of closing the perforation, she underwent exploratory abdominal surgery. After numerous operations and stays in the hospital, the patient ultimately died in May 2015 from stroke-related complications, as reported by Medical malpractice lawyers.

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