wrong surgery

MAY 24, 2005 -- New Hanover Regional Medical Center has settled lawsuits with seven patients who claimed a former surgeon performed the wrong surgery.

The patients accused doctor stephen olchowski of billing for a more expensive form of bariatric surgery, while performing another. They say olchowski performed a shortcut procedure that caused medical complications. The exact terms of the settlements have not been disclosed, but one hospital trustee put the figure at several million dollars. cases involving four other patients have not been settled. Doctor olchowski has denied the allegations.