GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a local doctor she claims is to blame for allegedly leaving a foreign object in her body during a total knee replacement.

Darlene Theriot filed suit against Deryk Jones M.D. in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 29.

Theriot claims that on Dec. 7, 2010 Jones performed a total knee replacement on her at Ochsner Baptist Hospital. The plaintiff alleges that the defendant left a foreign object in her knee during the surgery that caused permanent injury and necessitated a subsequent surgery. Theriot asserts that the foreign object was a trial implant that should have been removed during the initial surgery. The plaintiff alleges she received severe and disabling injuries due to the incident and subsequent medical problems.

The defendant is accused of medical malpractice.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medcial and pharmaceutical expenses, physical and mental pain, suffering, discomfort, scarring, disfigurement, loss of function, impairment and loss of enjoyment of life.

Theriot is represented by Dexter A. Gary of Houma-based Lirette & Gary LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division O Judge Ross P. LaDart.

Case no. 727-456.

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