MORGANTOWN - A Pennsylvania woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against a Morgantown doctor after she developed complications from her gastric bypass surgery.

Frankie A. Crider, who is representing herself, filed a suit Aug. 7 in Monongalia Circuit Court, against Jack M. Bergstein, M.D., Stephen S. McNatt, M.D., and the West Virginia University Board of Governors.

Crider claims she developed complications after her May 16, 2001, gastric bypass procedure for obesity, which was performed by Bergstein.

According to the suit, Crider had a number of leaks, which required suturing. Also, the distal gastric pouch was burned by an electrocautery, which Crider did not know.

Crider started to lose weight. But after eight to 10 months, she began to gain weight.

On Jan. 27, 2004, Crider underwent a takedown of a gastro-gastric fistula with partial gastrectomy, performed by McNatt. After the surgery, on Feb. 4, Crider returned to Ruby Memorial Hospital with complaints of left upper quadrant pain, fever, and brown discharge from the drain site.

Since that time, Crider claims she has continued to suffer from a left abdominal abscess at the site of the percutaneous drain.

Crider claims she has experience emotional stress, embarrassment, humiliation and anxiety, as well as medical expenses. She seeks compensation for her injuries.

The case has been assigned to Judge Russell M. Clawges Jr.

Monongalia Circuit Court case number 07-C-510

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