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While there are no regulations regarding how many operations an orthopedic surgeon can perform in a given day, multiple studies and articles show that a fatigued surgeon may put patients at risk.

One orthopedic surgeon is facing 261 medical malpractice lawsuits in state Supreme Court in Dutchess County. Plaintiffs’ attorneys have accused Dr. Spyros Panos of bouncing from operating room to operating room, and performing negligent or phantom procedures, resulting in harm to their clients.

Panos didn’t respond to Journal messages and has declined to comment previously. So has his law firm, Feldman, Kleidman & Coffey.

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