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Iowa surgeon fined for operating on wrong finger

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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Medicine has fined a Mason City surgeon for operating on the wrong finger of a patient.

The Mason City Globe Gazette says the board issued a warning and imposed a $2,500 fine Wednesday on Dr. Rene Recinos. The board said in a news release that the 48-year-old Recinos errantly operated on the patient's right ring finger. The operation was supposed to be performed on the patient's right middle finger.

The board says Recinos realized he'd made the error. He told the patient and subsequently operated on the correct finger.

Recinos has submitted to the board a plan that outlines what he'll do to avoid such errors in the future.

Recinos has declined to comment on the case.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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