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Injured During Cosmetic Surgery?

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Cosmetic surgery is almost always elective surgery designed to improve appearance. However, it is still surgery and can result in serious and life-altering health consequences. There are several issues that arise frequently with cosmetic surgery, including:

  • Many plastic surgeons operate in their office and perform complicated procedures that require patients to be under the influence of general anesthesia for several hours at a time. If an emergency arises, they are often ill-equipped to address it, especially if they are not near a hospital. Also, many plastic surgeons use nurse anesthetists instead of doctor anesthesiologists to save money. During a complicated procedure, it is a nurse who manages a patient's breathing, circulation, and airway.
  • Another current trend is for non-plastic surgeons to perform plastic surgery procedures. Obstetricians and other non-surgeons are taking weekend courses in liposuction and advertising themselves as experts. Optometrists are offering cosmetic procedures. The result is inexperienced doctors venturing out of their expertise and frequently causing undesirable results.
  • Problems also frequently arise when patients have co-morbidities (other serious health issues, like diabetes, high blood pressure, or some other disease processes). We, unfortunately, see too many cases where the plastic surgeon risked the patient's life by placing them under general anesthesia and performing invasive procedures.

If you or someone you loved suffered from preventable complications during cosmetic surgery, contact Kelley/Uustal. Our medical malpractice team is here to help you file a claim or lawsuit for compensation.

Seek Compensation for Injuries and Death from Cosmetic Surgery Errors

Nerve damage and disfigurement are devastating results of cosmetic surgeries gone badly. Still, the most tragic cosmetic surgery cases involve death and brain damage. Cosmetic surgery is both an art and science, and there is never a guarantee that a patient will be satisfied with his or her cosmetic result (within reason). However, no patient assumes the risk of going to a plastic surgeon to make their breasts or nose look better and losing their life or sustaining a brain injury as a result.

Example of a plastic surgery case handled by our attorneys at Kelley/Uustal: A woman who went to a plastic surgeon for a tummy-tuck was overweight and had high-blood pressure, but the surgeon convinced her to have the operation in his office anyway. During the procedure, her blood pressure was allowed to go dangerously low, and she arrested. The surgeons were unable to resuscitate her and she died. A $2.2 million recovery was made on behalf of the woman's husband and children.

If you suspect that you or someone you love has been hurt due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, contact us. We are experienced in handling cosmetic surgery cases and are here to answer your questions during a free consultation.

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