In 2006, plaintiff George E. Hand, 63, a truck driver, presented to urologist Gilbert J. Gonzalez, M.D. for treatment of a swollen prostate with incontinence. Gonzalez used a microwave transurethral device to treat the problem. During the procedure, the device burned a fistula through Hand’s urethra to the rectum, resulting in incontinence and impotence, and necessitating a permanent colostomy. Hand filed suit against Gonzalez and his practice, South Georgia Urology Center, PC, alleging medical negligence and violations in the standard of care.
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