Suit alleges Anderson Hospital physician damaged patient’s nerves during knee surgery

A patient at Anderson Hospital claims she was injured when an orthopedic surgeon damaged nerves during a knee replacement surgery.

Plaintiff Donna Clubb filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against Anderson Hospital and orthopedic surgeon Paulo Bicalho, citing negligence and medical malpractice.

According to the lawsuit, Clubb underwent surgery for a total knee replacement at Anderson Hospital on June 29, 2022. The lawsuit alleges that during the surgery, Bicalho mistakenly sawed beyond the plaintiff’s tibia and femur, damaging the surrounding nerves.

Clubb states that following her surgery, she complained of numbness in her right foot and severe pain in her right knee and foot. Despite her complaints, Clubb states that no MRI was ordered by Bicalho or any other Anderson Hospital employee. Clubb alleges she went through eight months of physical therapy while continuing to experience pain, numbness and lack of mobility in her right knee. Clubb eventually underwent a nerve study and MRI which revealed the damage to her nerves and bone structure.

The lawsuit states that the defendants negligently failed to properly perform her knee replacement surgery, failed to adequately check for structural or nerve damage of her knee, failed to provide proper post-surgery evaluations, failed to take timely corrective action, and negligently discharged Clubb without adequately checking for complications.

Clubb alleges that as a result of the dendants’ negligence she has sustained permanent injuries, which have caused her to experience pain, suffering and mental anguish. She adds that she has incurred medical expenses and will continue to require the services of medical staff to recover from her injuries.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and any other relief the court deems proper.

This article was first published in Madison Record.

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