Sanford suspends use of medical devices amid investigation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sanford Health in August will stop using some medical devices manufactured by one of its surgeons as a federal investigation into their use is underway.

Sanford’s neurosurgeon Wilson Asfora owns a company that sells devices used in spine surgeries. Two Sanford doctors in 2016 filed a lawsuit accusing Asfora of illegally profiting by using those devices in spine surgeries at the hospital in violation of anti-kickback laws. The suit says Asfora installed unnecessary medical devices into patients. The federal government is investigating the suit’s claims.

Now, Sanford’s executive vice president, Micah Aberson, says the suspension aims to remove “the distraction of the economics related to the device” from the conversation. He tells the Argus Leader the suspension will remain until legal issues are resolved.

Aberson notes the suspension isn’t related to deficiencies or clinical outcomes. He adds the allegations against Asfora have no merit.


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