Sleep apnea surgery leads to malpractice lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 23, 2012, 10:31am

GALVESTON - A Santa Fe woman has filed suit against a Houston otolaryngologist, claiming a procedure in late 2009 caused her to suffer "multiple severe and persisting complications."

A lawsuit filed Jan. 5 in Galveston County District Court says Dr. Raza Pasha misdiagnosed and improperly treated Rincey R. Wick's mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

The original petition shows Wick sought treatment from Raza and Texas Otolaryngology Partners LP for snoring and fatigue on Oct. 1, 2009. Wick was admitted to Methodist Hospital for planned surgery a month later.

She underwent a uvulopharyngopalatoplasty, tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, hyoid myotemy and geniouglossus advancement on Nov. 2, 2009, and was discharged two days later.

The operation, however, proved to be unsuccessful, according to the suit.

Wick sought additional treatment in January and April 2010 and went under three additional surgeries to correct Raza's actions, the suit states.

"All three of the plaintiff's ENT surgeons, speech language pathologists and the plaintiff's original surgeon have uniformly concluded that the plaintiff suffers from ongoing multiple and chronic complications as a direct result of the extensive simultaneous multilevel surgery on Nov. 2, 2009," the suit says.

Consequently, Wick seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by Bettison Doyle Apffel & Guarino PC.

Case No. 12-cv-0015

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