September 2005 - Exploratory Surgery
This marvelous (!!) contribution is from John E. Haught
of Beaumont (Mehaffy Weber, P.C.). It is from a recent deposition he
took “of an elderly plaintiff who got right to the point in explaining
her physician’s motivation in performing ‘exploratory surgery’ on her”:
Q. Have you ever been hospitalized?
Q. For what type condition?
A. I had surgery for adhesions in ’83, and that was my last one.
Q. Okay. What type of adhesions?
A. They were from old surgeries.
Q. Okay. What type of surgeries?
I had an appendectomy, and they removed a tube. Then I had another
surgery; they took out an ovary. And then I had adhesions; and the rest
of them are just adhesions, exploratory.
Q. What were they searching for in these exploratory surgeries?
A. Money. That’s the best answer I can give.
Mr. Haught (wisely): We can go off the record.