Surgeon fined $3K for removing kidney he thought was tumor

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BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 17: Scissors, tweezers and other surgical instruments lie in a operation room at the Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin (UKB) hospital in Marzahn district on June 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The UKB hospital has among the most modern emergency care services in Germany. (Photo by Theo Heimann/Getty Images)

The Florida Board of Medicine says a West Palm Beach surgeon has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine for removing a woman’s healthy kidney that he thought was a tumor. 

The Palm Beach Post reports Ramon Vazquez was responsible for cutting Maureen Pacheco open in 2016 so two other surgeons could perform a back operation. 

Pacheco had a kidney that never ascended into her abdomen, and Vazquez believed it was a cancerous tumor near her pelvis and removed it without her consent. Vazquez has said that he didn’t review her medical records before the surgery. 

Pacheco later sued the two primary doctors, who each settled for $250,000. Vazquez was also sued for malpractice and settled the case for a nominal amount. 

Vazquez must also attend training on preoperative patient evaluation.

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