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Ways to (nearly) ruin your life 101 - Choosing an Atlanta eye doctor to do your breast augmentation surgery

Posted Aug 15 2010 10:30am
This summer there was an awful instance of medical negligence in Georgia involving an eye-doctor (opthamologist) who had major complications while attempting to perform breast augmentation surgery in his office. You can hear a frantic 911 call from the doctor explaining that he has encountered uncontrollable bleeding he created while during her breast implant surgery and has no idea how to fix it. Since the patient was under only local anesthetic (with presumably mild oral or IV sedation) during the operation, she told reporters that she heard the call go out to 911 for help and then her doctor saying that he couldn’t stop her bleeding. Can you imagine how horrifying that must have been listening to that conversation?

You can view 2 video news clips on the story here & here .

This is a really frightening story as it highlights the proliferation of unqualified and untrained physicians attempting to practice cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. If you are not trained in plastic surgery you should not be performing these procedures PERIOD. The inability of this eye surgeon to handle routine issues during breast implant surgery and the patient safety issues it raises should cause state medical boards to get involved with scope of practice issues and office based surgery regulations.

Rob
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