Basin Surgeon Accused of Operating on the Wrong Part of a Patient's Body

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- A basin doctor is accused of performing surgery on the wrong part of a patient's body.

According to a petition filed in the Midland County Courthouse, the former patient is suing Dr. Jerry L. Cochran, M.D., Texas Surgical Center and The Orthopedic Institute of Midland.

Dr. Cochran's office is located at West Texas Orthopedics, inside of the ClayDesta building in Midland. He performs his surgeries at the Texas Surgical Center, also in Midland.

According to the lawsuit, about a year ago, Dr. Cochran diagnosed the man with a torn medial meniscus of the left knee after reviewing results from a bilateral MRI of the patient's knees.

The doctor reportedly said the man didn't need any surgery on the right knee, but arthroscopic surgery was needed and scheduled for the left knee. A few weeks later, he went in for left knee surgery at the Texas Surgical Center.

Court documents claim that the staff at the Texas Surgical Center shaved his left knee from his shin bone up to his thigh, and had the patient write "yes" on his left knee with a marker. The lawsuit also alleges that the doctor asked the man which knee he'd be operating on and the man stated the "left knee" and pointed to his left knee.

However, despite all that, the doctor allegedly operated on the wrong knee- the right knee. Once realizing the mistake, he apologized to the man's mother in the waiting room, and asked for her permission to operate on the correct knee. Permission was granted and the doctor proceeded to operate on the left knee.

According to the lawsuit, the man was charged for both operations.

Allegations of negligence and sub-standard care on the part of both Dr. Cochran and the Texas Surgical Center are referenced throughout the lawsuit. As a result of those allegations, the documents claim the man underwent a surgery on the wrong part of his body, causing additional injury to the right knee, which subsequently lengthened the healing process. The man is also claiming to have endured physical and mental pain and anguish, as a result of the surgeries.

NewsWest 9 spoke to the attorney for the doctor and the attorney for the former patient. Neither wished to comment on the lawsuit.

A mediation is scheduled for February 21.