MARION, Ill. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is resuming surgeries it considers minimally invasive at a southern Illinois medical center where such procedures were halted since 2007 after a spike in patient deaths.
The VA says the Marion site again will begin offering what the department calls “standard-level surgeries” that carry low complication risks. Those procedures include appendectomies, hernia repair and other procedures.
The facility had been under intense scrutiny since August 2007, when a surgeon resigned after a patient bled to death following gall bladder surgery. All inpatient surgeries were suspended within a month.
Investigators later found at least nine deaths between October 2006 and March 2007 resulted from substandard care.
The medical center serves veterans in portions of Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana.
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