Uterus Branding Lawsuit

  1. Nine women are asking to join a lawsuit against a surgeon accused of branding the initials of his alma mater -- the University of Kentucky -- onto a patient's uterus during a hysterectomy. I just wondered what y'all thought about this......
    http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/02/20....ap/index.html
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  2. 33 Comments

  3. by   2amigos
    Oh my gosh! Thanks for posting this! Can you believe it? And to top it off, he thinks nothing of doing this! Maybe someone should brand his "organ" and see how he feels about it, after all, we'd just be orientating ourselves, right?
    Cheryl Moore
  4. by   LilgirlRN
    I dont like that he did it, but he was doing a hysterectomy which I assume means he took the uterus out and it was discarded. I don't understand why the law suit?
  5. by   2amigos
    just posting the article for easier reading....
    http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/02/20....ap/index.html

    LEXINGTON, Kentucky (AP) -- Nine women are asking to join a lawsuit against a surgeon accused of branding the initials of his alma mater -- the University of Kentucky -- onto a patient's uterus during a hysterectomy.

    The women -- including a former nurse of Dr. James M. Guiler -- say they discovered they had been similarly branded after watching videotapes Guiler had provided of their procedures.

    "I didn't realize that he was doing this to everybody," said Dana Kelly, 41, a nurse who used to work in Guiler's office.

    The original lawsuit was filed January 22 by Stephanie and David Means, who claim Guiler carved "UK" on Stephanie Means' uterus during her hysterectomy last August. She also had been given a videotape, and watched it after she experienced hemorrhaging following the surgery.

    The nine women petitioned Fayette County Circuit Court on Wednesday to join the lawsuit, which asks for a jury trial. The lawsuit doesn't specify a dollar amount; the women are seeking punitive damages.

    Guiler's attorney, Don Brown, said his client denies the procedure was inappropriate.

    "We strongly deny any wrong-doing," he said.

    Previously, Guiler defended the practice, saying the letters marked the organ's midline and distinguished its left and right side.

    "Not only am I always able to remain oriented for the patient's safety, I felt this was honorable since it made reference to the college of medicine where I received my medical degree," he has said in a statement.

    The women said they believe the uterine markings are unnecessary.

    "As professionals, we all have standards we have to go by," said one of the women, Vickie Anderson, 38. "He crossed the line. It's chauvinistic, arrogant and shows a total disrespect for women."
  6. by   KatrinaRN
    I think that if the organ has to be marked, what difference does it make how it is marked. Furthermore, the organ is being permanently removed, pending a biopsy it will become discarded anyway.

    Just my opinion.
  7. by   wv_nurse 2003
    Well this is where I have to agree--yea, maybe it was in poor taste, but a lawsuit?? Give me a break! Its not like he took out an organ by mistake, or branded something that stayed inside the patient. Just an easy way to make a buck I guess--frivolous lawsuits again......
  8. by   sbic56
    Another example of the need to limit medical lawsuits to those where there is true personal injury. These women are jumping on the band wagon, trying to benefit from something that really hasn't caused them any damage. Frivolous is the word, wv_nurse!
  9. by   Q.
    Originally posted by LilgirlRN
    I dont like that he did it, but he was doing a hysterectomy which I assume means he took the uterus out and it was discarded. I don't understand why the law suit?
    Uh, good point.
  10. by   TheBrainMusher
    Money, Money, Money ... these people (most of them had the tapes) and saw it done. Noone said anything before. The doctor was comfortable with the markings since he had previously used them, as not to damage the organ. Distress and Anguish my ARSE! You wanted them out, be greatful! Not greedy! I hope this gets thrown out!
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Yep, seems pretty silly to me too. Jumping on the gravy train seems to be a way of life nowadays. . . too sad.




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    stevie
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Some greedy whiney butt ladies are lookin to win a lottery. That's all it amounts to in my eyes.
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by 2amigos
    "As professionals, we all have standards we have to go by," said one of the women, Vickie Anderson, 38. "He crossed the line. It's chauvinistic, arrogant and shows a total disrespect for women."
    Oh, GET OVER YOURSELF!

    Puh-leeze! Haven't we done this thread about 3 or 4 times?

    And as for someone branding his (the doctor's) "organ." That would be something he would have to live with and look at forever. A uterus isn't removed for shyts and giggles, there's usually a problem, and most women are usually more than happy with the results once they're gone. I couldn't see caring about an organ that I no longer have.

    I think that it's most likely that this particular woman has not yet come to terms with having to receive a hyst, and is lashing out at someone, anyone, that she can "blame."

    Heather
  14. by   MrsK1223
    This get rich quick scheme is all it amounts too. He did no harm to them and helped them since that is why they were having the hysterectomies to begin with. If he marks the organs what does it matter what with...its not like it was satanic symbol. I live just south of Lexington, where this happened and the local news reported she was claiming trauma to her kids...because they saw the video..now I believe the trauma would have resulted from having the mother show her children a video of her hysterectomy. If these women win this case, it will be a crime...the most he should get is reprimanded. Now tell me why he would video his surgeries if he thought he would get sued...doesn't make sense in this day and time. Bogus lawsuits are making it impossible for doctors to afford malpractice insurance. PLEEEEZE.

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