Reader Laura on Dr Alinsod Sued For Branding Uterus
Posted Sep 14 2010 7:30am
Reader Laura’s Comment
“A California Gynecologist has been sued after branding a uterus during removal. The Dr has said that he meant it as a friendly gesture. The patient stated in the lawsuit that she somehow was burned on her legs during her surgery and the subsequent branding. It also states on his website that he also does vaginal rejuvenation, hymen repair, and laser resurfacing. I’m not sure where laser resurfacing would fit into a gynecologist’s practice or why a gynecologist would even have the type of laser used for resurfacing.”
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. Paulicivic alleges that the branding was done for “no medically necessary purpose or reason” and that she somehow suffered burns on her legs while the uterus was being marked, according to her complaint.
This case is unusual which is why of course it will get attention. It is not standard to “brand” an organ. Then again Dr Alinsod might have been kidding around or just labeling the organ in a way he felt was appropriate. While this might seem unprofessional, it is not negligence.
The issue of the burn on the patient’s leg might potentially be a point of negligence although accidental burns can occur as well. Another issue might be why the doctor took so many pictures. I only take a few in a case as I am busy operating.
Many gynecologists delve into cosmetic surgery such as laser resurfacing. They do vary regarding how good they are at it however.