10 lawsuits filed against Kentucky surgeon previously suspended for drug use

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - A Kentucky surgeon is now facing several lawsuits claiming he was not fit to perform surgery on them.

There are 10 lawsuits filed against Dr. Michael Heilig where plaintiffs are wanting past and future medical expenses along with compensation for pain and suffering.

The plaintiffs all had surgeries with the orthopedic surgeon over the past two years.

WKYT Investigates learned Heilig's medical license was restricted in 2018 following an incident in the operating room in May. He failed a drug test on a day he was performing surgeries. We have talked to several former patients who claim Heilig's surgeries have left them in pain following the procedures.

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure gave Heilig his license back during a November 2018 hearing after staying clean for 90 days.

Other defendants in the lawsuits include Kentucky Orthopaedic Associates, Clark Regional Medical Center and Lifepoint of Kentucky.

Heilig has previously refused to comment to WKYT Investigates on the accusations or if he plans to practice again in Kentucky. Heilig was employed at Kentucky Orthopaedic Associates and performed surgeries at Clark Regional Medical Center. The hospital previously told WKYT Heilig no longer has privileges there and doesn't comment on matters related to medical staff. Kentucky Orthopaedic Associates declined to comment on the lawsuits.

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