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$3 Million Settlement for Bariatric Surgery Performed Backward


On October 28, 2008, Judge Daniel Locallo of the Circuit Court of Cook County approved a $3 million medical malpractice settlement for the family of a man who died as a result of bariatric gastric bypass surgery performed by Dr. Christopher Joyce at McNeal Hospital.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

On February 10, 2003, a retired Chicago police officer underwent bariatric surgery at McNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. During the surgery, Dr. Christopher Joyce, an employee of Suburban Surgical Associates, improperly inverted the Roux-En-Y gastric bypass, resulting in an obstruction.

The retiree, who experienced several medical problems after the surgery but was unaware of the obstruction, was ultimately admitted to the University of Chicago Hospital on an emergency basis. It was there that a doctor discovered the obstruction and performed another surgery to correct the problem.

During his stay at the University of Chicago Hospital, he was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Due to his poor nutritional condition caused by Dr. Joyce’s negligent surgery and failure to identify the obstruction, he was unable to undergo the necessary therapy for his cancer. He also developed peritonitis and septic shock with multi-organ failure. He was in a nursing home from the date of the second surgery until his death over two years later.

Medical Malpractice Settlement

The $3 million medical malpractice settlement will be paid to the surviving family members of the retired police officer.  

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Named as a Top Law Firm by Chicago Magazine in 2008, Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation’s premier law firms, renowned for its achievements in prosecuting serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Its success has been exceptional - the firm has acquired more than $3 billion in settlements and verdicts and has attained nearly 600 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million.

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