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Reader Question – Botched Tummy Tuck?

Posted May 06 2010 12:00am

I was reading your blog and I was wondering, What should someone do if they received a botched tummy tuck? Other surgeons say it’s borderline malpractice and unfixable “unless a whole lot of skin grew magically from somewhere”.. Yes the doctor was Board Certified and supposedly a reputable doctor. Everything discussed during consult was significantly different the day of/following the surgery. Poor after care as well.

Most patients don’t know a quack when they see one, but in all seriousness it is very hard to prove malpractice. Tummy Tuck results even in the best hands vary quite a bit. I am not saying there aren’t many “Dr Quickies” out there who do mediocre at best work, but they do not define malpractice unfortunately.

You have several options:

(1) Go back to your original doctor and try to find a compromise that works. Maybe you should check him out thoroughly if you didn’t before your surgery to make sure he is the “real thing.” Tummy tuck surgery is not for amateurs.

(2) Find another doctor who is willing to take on a secondary operation. Have a long talk first regarding what is possible in this operation before you decide to have it.

You can also pursue the legal route, but unless things are truly substandard you will probably find this route long and questionable. A poor result is not malpractice and care varies significantly.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD


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