A surgeon from Florida has agreed to pay a $ 3,000 fine after removing the kidney from a woman he considered a tumor.
Surgeon Ramon Vasquez of West Palm Beach has opened Maureen Pacheco in 2016 so that two surgeons at the Wellington Regional Medical Center could perform spinal surgery, according to the Florida Board of Medicine.
However, the patient had a healthy kidney that never went up into her abdomen, causing Vasquez to believe it was a cancerous tumor. He removed it without their consent, the board said.
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"Dr. Vazquez is an outstanding surgeon who has provided exemplary, often lifesaving services in our community for many years," said surgeon lawyer Michael Burt to the Palm Beach Post. "In this case, he practiced in collaboration with other members the surgical team made a professional judgment. "
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Vasquez admitted that he had not checked Pacheco's medical records before the operation. Later, she sued the two surgeons, who each voted for $ 25,000.
Vasquez was sued for misconduct and opted for an undisclosed amount. He also has three hours of preoperative patient assessment training.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.