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DEMERJIAN v. THOMAS, M.D.

This case involved a 33-year-old female who underwent pelvic reconstructive surgery by Dr. Thomas, a urogynecologist. The allegations included claims that Dr. Thomas did not give appropriate informed consent, performed a wrong operation, and left the patient with a scarred, permanently shortened vagina which precluded sexual relations with her husband. Plaintiffs also contended that Dr. Thomas failed to appropriate measurements pre-operatively, thus, did not take sufficient steps to preserve vaginal length and anatomy.

The defense established that full and complete informed consent was provided to the patient, appropriate procedure was undertaken in light of all factors considered, including the presenting pathology and that Dr. Thomas performed the surgery properly. The defense also established that had the patient not left Dr. Thomas’ care, her alleged post-operative complications could have been treated effectively. The case resulted in a defense verdict.