(And What To Do If Your Surgeon Has Done More Harm Than Good)

Medical malpractice is possible with any procedure, and cosmetic surgeries, such as breast augmentations, are no exceptions. The damage from an improperly performed breast augmentation can be severe, so it is important to reduce the possibility of malpractice as much as possible. If you have already been the victim of malpractice, it may be time to consider legal action.

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Case Study

Malpractice is more common than you might initially think. One cosmetic surgeon out of Sacramento was accused of leaving 12 patients with deformities or serious disabilities after performing breast augmentation procedures. Some of the patients suffered mild complications after surgery, such as infections and unpleasant scars (both of which can occur after surgeries that did not involve malpractice) whereas others suffered more severely, including one woman whose right hand is now irreparably paralyzed. After the series of accusations, the surgeon was revealed to have no formal training in the field of cosmetic surgery, and his medical license was revoked in 2006. The case is scheduled to be presented to a judge in August 2013.

Consequences Of Breast Augmentation Malpractice

Complications arising from errors during breast augmentation surgery can stem from the procedure directly or from the postoperative healing phase. Problems include, but are not limited to, pain, swelling, and bleeding, with more severe consequences leading to physical disfigurement or irreversible bodily damage. General anesthesia can also be used improperly, and can lead to an incident of malpractice; further, there is always the risk of infection, but clearly this risk increases if the surgery and healing process are not handled properly.

Breast implants can rupture if not replaced or inserted properly. Other complications can include anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), capsular contraction (a condition in which the scar tissue around implants begins to shrink), breast hardening, and in rare cases, toxic shock syndrome. The best way to prevent an incident of malpractice is to thoroughly research your options before undergoing surgery. Ensure that your surgeon has all the proper credentials, and a reliable history of successful procedures.

Determining When To Take Action

If you begin to experience painful, unpleasant, or unnatural side effects immediately after or in the months following a breast augmentation procedure, or notice an unnatural and noticeable asymmetry in your breasts, it is beneficial to get the opinion of a third party medical professional, particularly a cosmetic surgeon. If you believe the symptoms or undesired result is directly attributable to medical malpractice, you can consult with a specialized medical malpractice lawyer for a consultation and to determine possible next steps. Pursuing medical malpractice litigation can be a lengthy and trying experience (both emotionally and financially), so be prepared for those challenges in advance.

Struggling with the aftermath of an improperly performed breast augmentation procedure can be unsettling, emotionally difficult, and physically painful. The best way to prevent malpractice from happening is to pursue the highest accredited cosmetic surgeons available, do comparative research, and be sure to select a surgeon with a strong background of verifiably successful procedures. If you have already experienced damage as a result of medical malpractice, it may be worthwhile to consult an attorney.