Winter Park surgeon accused of performing experimental spine surgeries sparks potential lawsuit

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

WFTV has learned of an investigation by Orlando-based law firm Morgan and Morgan into a possible lawsuit against a Winter Park surgeon and Florida Hospital.

The lawyers gave Channel 9's Kathi Belich a copy of the hospital's letter that was sent to the surgeon's patients.

It warns them of the experimental surgeries Winter Park neurosurgeon Dr. William Lu accused of performing without following proper protocols.

WFTV learned Lu  isn't performing the surgeries anymore and the state is aware of what happened.

Attorney John Morgan said its clients have reported either no relief or worse pain after having the experimental spine surgery which he said involves using screws and cables as opposed to a fusion.

Because the surgery has been performed for five years he said the clock could be ticking for patients who might want to take action.

WFTV learned Lu is no longer employed at the surgical center and that patients who had the surgery are being referred to Florida Hospital.

Morgan, along with attorney Keith Mitnik, called reporters to their downtown office Friday and said the letter clients have received said Lu voluntarily stopped performing the surgery

“We're not talking about surgery on your toenail. We're talking about surgery on your spine. Nobody wants to have it once, let alone be subjected to two or three multiple ones,” Mitnik said.

Morgan said he's never seen such a letter from a hospital and doesn't even know what to make of it yet.

Florida Hospital officials said notifying Lu’s patients was the right thing to do, and they said they asked the patients to go to Florida Hospital for medical evaluations.