When an individual chooses to seek medical treatment, it's with the understanding that the medical professional conducting the procedure has the education, skills and experience necessary. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A recent botched plastic surgery procedure revealed some major flaws in the surgeon's approach and may result in a medical malpractice suit.
Although the incident did not take place in Louisiana, it's important for readers to be aware of the importance of thoroughly researching a medical professional's background. One patient learned this lesson the hard way. After a nine hour in-office liposuction procedure, the patient suffered severe complications. It was later discovered that the surgeon had determined the patient was unsuitable for the surgery but performed it anyways.
More disconcerting is the fact that the 47-year-old surgeon's training included reading a book written by a liposuction equipment maker, completing a two-week online course, passing an online exam and performing only one supervised procedure. He has been temporarily barred from performing any cosmetic, plastic or reconstructive procedures.
This is not the first time the surgeon has been in trouble. He was fined $25,000 in 2004 and had his license restricted for three years after prescribing controlled substances and dangerous drugs over the internet without meeting with patients to perform necessary exams. The incident resulted in a requirement that he eliminate authority to prescribe certain controlled substances. His probation was ended after a year and eight months.
It's unfortunate that medical negligence could result in serious injury to unsuspecting patients. If you are faced with an injury because of a medical professional who fails to perform a procedure properly it would be wise to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney right away.
Source: Star-Telegram, "DFW doctor barred from performing cosmetic surgery," Darren Barbee, May 31, 2012