Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Stone, was hired to treat patients for the Medical College of Wisconsin. It is alleged that just before he was to start, another physician informed the dean that there were allegations against Dr. Stone that he had performed unnecessary surgery at another hospital.
A USA TODAY study found that tens of thousands of times each year unnecessary surgeries are performed. Thousands of people each year fall victim to the wrong doctor, one that lacks the knowledge or competence to consider alternatives to surgery, or one who takes advantage of medical insurers by billing operations that were not necessary, enriching themselves in the process as well as altering the lives of the patients.
Every year, tens of thousands of patients undergo surgery that they do not actually need. Patients around the country need to reconsider the unconditional trust they place in their doctors, especially when facing an operation. Unnecessary surgeries may account for up to 20% of all operations in some specialties, including a wide range of cardiac procedures, as well as many spinal surgeries. Other common examples of unnecessary surgeries include knee replacements, hysterectomies, and cesarean sections.