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Cosmetic procedure takes ugly turn


Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 05, 2013 in Surgical Errors

There are many people in Connecticut who choose to undergo minor surgical procedures to correct or adjust a physical trait. Cosmetic surgery is something that is very common across the country, though it still requires surgeons to provide a standard level of care to patients like any other surgical procedure. And this responsibility should not be taken lightly. 

While there is no way to guarantee that an operation will be successful, patients should be able to expect that their doctors will perform an operation carefully and correctly. If this does not happen and a person suffers damages from a substandard surgical procedure, he or she may have a medical malpractice claim. 

One man recently filed a legal claim against a doctor after he says a cosmetic procedure on his nose took a very ugly turn. He says that it will likely require about 30 additional surgeries to correct the damage done by the surgeon and says that he also developed an infection which required him to have a part of his nose completely removed. 

The man went in for his first surgery to have his nostrils adjusted. Over the next 53 days, the doctor performed seven more surgeries on the man's face. All told, he underwent 22 surgeries on his nose and has ultimately been left disfigured after the doctor removed the tip of his nose because of an infection.

Since the surgeries, he has stopped working because of the pain he is in. He also feels compelled to wear a mask in public because of how his face looks now. He also now breathes through a straw.

The man says that he continued to undergo surgical procedures because he trusted the advice and opinion of the surgeon. People often place a great deal of trust in a doctor's opinion and expertise because we believe that they are supposed to know what is best medically. However, when a doctor makes a mistake and a patient suffers damages as a result, victims have the right to pursue compensation. 

Source: KTUL, "Man Sues After 22 Nose Surgeries," Caitlin Alexander, June 5, 2013