A Davenport-based physician who practices orthopedic surgery has been cited by the state for mistakenly performing arthroscopic surgery on a patient's left ankle instead of the right one.
The error by Dr. Tuvi Mendel occurred Nov. 5, 2013.
Mendel was fined $2,500 by the Iowa Board of Medicine and warned that if such an error should occur again, his Iowa medical license would face further disciplinary action.
According to the Iowa Board of Medicine, Mendel recognized the error after the surgery was completed. He immediately informed the patient and her family. The patient subsequently agreed to undergo surgery on the correct ankle.
Mendel reported the incident to the board and has taken corrective actions to avoid such errors in the future, officials said.