|Title:||Intraoperative Radiofrequency Ablation and Other Surgical Service Concerns, Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, New York|
|VA Office:||Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
|Report Author:||Office of Healthcare Inspections
|Report Type:||Hotline Healthcare Inspection
The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a healthcare inspection regarding allegations that the Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center’s peer review processes did not follow Veterans Health Administration (VHA) policy; the surgeon performed intraoperative radiofrequency ablation (IORFA) surgery for hepatocellular carcinoma and “completely missed” tumors in patients; a surgeon told a patient there was a recurrence of a tumor although it was “completely missed” during IORFA surgery; the surgeon performed cancer surgery on patients who did not have cancer; and adverse events occurred during and after the surgeon’s other cancer surgeries.