Spine surgeon cleared in malpractice case

Spine

A jury ruled Kingsley Chin, MD, and Miami-based LESS Institute innocent in a malpractice case involving a spondylolisthesis patient, the practice said Jan. 11.

The patient with grade 1 isthmic spondylolisthesis sued Dr. Chin and the LESS Institute, accusing the surgeon of not performing a standard lumbar fusion with interbody cages and pedicle screws, according to a news release. 

Court documents from the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida showed Dr. Chin performed a pars fracture repair with a Buck's surgical technique using partially threaded cannulated screws. The patient had no pain postoperatively, but after 10 months, an X-ray showed a fracture in one of the screws.

"We will continue to offer our patients high-quality health care and research new and innovative devices to improve treatment for our patients in the outpatient setting," Dr. Chin said in the release. "We invented the less exposure surgery philosophy to offer our patients less surgery over more complicated and risky surgeries commonly done in hospitals."

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