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Dr. Hamburger removes woman’s ovaries by mistake, then disciplined


This news story was published on March 14, 2013.
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Dr. Hamburger

Dr. Hamburger

DES MOINES – A Sioux City doctor has been disciplined by the Iowa Board of Medicine for “performing the wrong procedure on a patient.”

On July 29th, 2011, the Board charged Dr. Kevin W. Hamburger with performing the wrong procedure on a patient after inadvertently removing a 29-year-old patient’s healthy ovaries while performing a total vaginal hysterectomy, despite the patient’s desire to keep her ovaries.

Dr. Hamburger acknowledged the mistake and apologized for the error. The Board issued Dr. Hamburger a citation and warning and ordered him to pay a $7,500 civil penalty and submit a written corrective action plan describing the steps he has taken to avoid such errors in the future.

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13 Responses to Dr. Hamburger removes woman’s ovaries by mistake, then disciplined

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    MrsS Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    I can’t believe there’s really no punishment for ruining this girls life. So sad. Bet no one goes to him for anything though in the future. He’ll be bankrupt within 18 months.

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    March 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Why the heck don’t doctors simply ask patients what surgery they are having before they put them under? No wonder some patients write instructions on their bodies with magic marker before surgery!

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Dr. ask patient?! Drs. are suppose to tell patients what type of surg. they are having. Then the patient decides if thats what they want. It’s just some OBGYN’s assume they own the woman’s body once she’s under anesthetic. I know of another doc that did the same thing. They claim they’re preventing cancer later. I think they’re just sick men with an ego problem.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

      @Katie-My doctor not only marks the spot on my body where he is going to do the surgery, he sits and discusses the options and the surgery before starting in the pre-op. It is the difference between a professional doctor and a hack.

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    TheRealFred Reply Report comment

    March 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Mayor McCheese could not be reached for comment.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    An apology and a $7500 fine for destroying a woman’s fertility and forcing her into menopause at such a young age? Really?

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      another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

      March 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Oops..sorry. Mistakes are only for poor people to endure…

      Nobody is taking this doctors licence that’s for sure. Mistakes are only for poor losers…you know the score on this stuff.

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      facts Reply Report comment

      March 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      it said she was having a hysterectomy, so it didn’t ruin her fertility. if anything, she’ll just have to take hormones. still is wrong that he didn’t do the correct procedure, but could have been a lot worse

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        Ovary burglar Reply Report comment

        March 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        That is true. Once they put you under, you are at the Dr’s mercy. Could do anything to you.

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          mynameissosueme Reply Report comment

          March 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

          Patients do sign a waiver of permission for surgeon to do further surgery than what was originally discussed. But that’s only if it’s necessary for saving your life or something unexpected that was found and necessary to make the surg. a success. Not for Drs. to do what they personally want to do.
          This one case where suing him would be justified. That or beating the crap out of him. I’d gladly pay the $100 fine to do that if it were me.

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        anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        You must be a man…. You can have a hysterectomy and take only the uterus. If the woman is still producing healthy eggs she can have them extracted and have a child using a surrogate Mother. I’d sue this Dr.’s ass off!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 15, 2013 at 6:42 am

        She might not be able to tolerate HRT and it is not the same as your natural hormones. If she had her eggs she could use a gestational carrier and have a child that was hers biologically. Would your response be the same if this was a man who’d had his testicles removed when he went in for prostate surgery? That’s the equivalent to what happened here. This woman was castrated.

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    ketchup and mustard Reply Report comment

    March 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Where was nurse Fries when all this went down??