JANESVILLE

A rural Milton man is suing a doctor who he says punctured his esophagus during a procedure in 2015.

Lawyers for Robert Vyvyan filed the lawsuit June 13 in Rock County Court.

The suit alleges Dr. William Brandt was performing an esophagogastroduodenoscopy at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Janesville when the injury occurred.

The procedure involves inserting a tube with a light and camera at its end to view the lining of the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine.

Brandt “nicked” Vyvyan’s esophagus during the procedure and sent him home, even though Vyvyan felt pressure in his chest, said Vyvyan’s attorney, Timothy Casper of the Madison law firm Murphy Desmond.

Vyvyan went home but felt ill, went to the emergency room and was sent to UW Hospital in Madison, where doctors sewed up the perforation, Casper said.

Also being sued are SSM Health Care of Wisconsin and MMIC Insurance.

A SSM Health spokeswoman said Brandt has retired and that SSM Health does not comment on pending lawsuits.

The suit alleges Brandt failed to notice the injury and that SSM Health was negligent in its hiring, training and supervision of Brandt, leading to the injury.

The suit states Vyvyan suffered pain and medical costs and asks a court to award him all his medical and legal costs and “such further relief as the court deems just and equitable.”

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