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Doctor Branded Woman's Uterus During Surgery–Lawsuit in the OC With Putting Her Name on the Removed Organ

Posted Sep 14 2010 7:50pm 1 Comment

Instead of writing the patient’s name on a blue towel or some other sterile article he branded the removed organ instead.  The doctor said this was not normal image procedure. 

The patient said she had burns on her legs due to using the cauterizing tool and once the couple asked for the images showing the doctor writing on her uterus, hence the law suit.  The doctor is being accused of medical negligence.  The couple didn’t like the pictures obviously and this is a bit of a strange case.  You can click on the image here and visit his website, and his office is located in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA, nice area.  The office combines plastic surgery, urology, and obgyn services all at one office, one doctor and you can view the promotional video here from the website.  I learned by reading what Urogynecology is and he promotes his follow up with his electronic medical records for patients. BD

SEPTEMBER 13--After performing a hysterectomy last year, a California gynecologist used a cauterizing tool to brand his patient’s name on her removed uterus, an unorthodox move that the doctor calls a “friendly gesture,” but which the woman terms “despicable conduct” in a medical negligence lawsuit.

In a Superior Court lawsuit filed earlier this month , Ingrid Paulicivic, a 47-year-old hairdresser, charges that Dr. Red Alinsod used an “electrocautery device to carve and burn” the word “Ingrid” on her uterus, which was removed during a June 2009 operation at his Orange County office.

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While noting that he has never previously branded an organ or body part removed during surgery, Alinsod told TSG that he wrote Paulicivic’s name on the uterus because he “did not want to get it confused with others.” Asked whether this was a standard way of labeling body parts, Alinsod acknowledged that it was not. Usually, he said, a patient’s name is written on an accompanying blue sterile towel or a sterile piece of wood like a tongue depressor.

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When an organ is removed from a body for what ever reason, the body part will be sent off to be tested.  I cannot really understand a lawsuit over carving and burning the name on the removed uterus.  It is unorthordoxed but not negligent.  If you make it through surgery without any major or minor complications, you should count your blessings and remember that we are all human.

Elinda Hagan

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