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Reader Question – Liposuction Gone Wrong? Malpractice?

Posted Mar 12 2010 12:00am

I had liposuction on Sept. 15, 2009. It was a very painful & horrible experience. The doctor did my lipo while I was awake & rushed thru it, since I was in tears. For the last 2 weeks I’ve been having pain around my naval & irritation appeared. I spoke to a doctor from urgent care over the phone & he said that with what i told him, sounded it was result from procedure. I spoke to a paralegal & she asked me to get my medical records. The paralegal also suggested I find another doctor to see me & confirm the liposuction was done wrong & to give me a quote to fix me.

Your story does not sound like the kind my liposuction patients experience. Then again I do liposuction in an operating facility with an anesthesiologist in attendance. You might have a problem finding a doctor to certify that your surgery was done incorrectly. That statement is a matter of opinion and can be hard to assess looking at a patient’s results. While I know your experience is not the kind I give my patients, there are others performing liposuction who might consider your experience to be within their standards.

As a reviewer or the California Medical Board I have reviewed many cases of proposed negligence. The records you seek might not document as much as you might hope either.

What your case does underscore is the need for patients to be discriminating of their proposed surgeon before surgery occurs. I do hope that you are able to find the results you seek.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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