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Accused Kansas Doctor Barred From Operating

A surgeon has been barred from operating after reports surfaced of his egregious medical mistakes made in a neighboring state, where his medical license is currently under review.

On September 1, the Kansas City Star reported on a surgeon who had been facing disciplinary action from the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts for performing minimally invasive surgical procedures which were outside his scope of abilities. According to the Board, urologist Dr. Wambi-Kiesse “repeatedly performed robot-assisted surgeries far outside of his abilities resulting in operations three times longer than a member of Respondent’s profession would take under the same circumstances.” The Board further stated that the lengthy surgeries resulted in dangerous complications for the patients.

The Board cited specific surgeries performed by Wambi-Kiesse in its request for disciplinary action. Two prostate surgeries performed in March 2013 were overly long and resulted in both patients suffering potentially fatal complications. Both operations should have taken around four hours, yet one surgery took 14 hours and the other 12.5 hours. During the 12. hour procedure, Wambi-Kiesse accidentally punctured a patient’s bladder while removing some of his enlarged prostate. The error went unnoticed for two days and it was only when the patient went into renal failure due to his abdomen filling with urine, causing a life-threatening infection, that the mistake was found. The other prostate surgery, lasting 14 hours, involved a man with a prostate which was twice as large as originally estimated. Wambi-Kiesse continued to attempt to remove his cancerous prostate using robotic surgical procedures, a move that was criticized by the Board. The patient wound up suffering multi-organ failure, sepsis, and many other complications.

The Board additionally pointed to a tumor removal on a female patient performed by Wambi-Kiesse. During the procedure, the surgeon accidentally perforated her bladder but did not realize this until the operation was over. He never went back in to close the wounds, instead informing the patient and her husband “we’re just going to let it heal naturally.” Two months to the day after her biopsy, the patient died from four major infections.

One of the most troubling thing about the allegations against the urologist, according to the newspaper, was that he was actively practicing medicine in Kansas. At the time of the publication of their article, he was currently practicing at the Wichita Veteran Affairs hospital. 

Now the publication is reporting that Dr. Wambi-Kiesse has been banned from performing surgery at the VA hospital, pending a full review. According to a representative for the Robert Dole VA Medical Center, Wambi-Kiesse has been assigned administrative duties “in lieu of clinical or patient care.” He can still see patients but won’t be allowed to perform surgery while he is under review. The hospital called the allegations against the surgeon “serious” and stated that “Appropriate action will be taken based on the results of that review.”

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian
Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm’s litigation practice.  Briggs’ legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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