Plastic surgery is also commonly called cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is typically an elective procedure that is done to change the body’s appearance in some way. There are many types of surgical procedures that are considered cosmetic. Doctors are required to follow proper medical protocol to ensure that patients are not harmed. In one situation, the family of a woman who died after plastic surgery filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming the surgeon was negligent.
Cosmetic Surgery Options
Cosmetic surgery is ultimately a choice made by the patient under the recommendation of a doctor. The doctor must provide a thorough examination and evaluation before giving a recommendation. In this case, the lawsuit indicates that the doctor failed to properly evaluate the patient before she underwent cosmetic surgery. This included inadequate psychological assessment. The woman developed a pulmonary embolism and died.
A pulmonary embolism is also known as a blood clot in the lungs. The woman suffered a blood clot after cosmetic surgery. The clot was a complication that developed as a result of the procedure. Those at high risk for blood clots should reconsider undergoing unnecessary surgery such as cosmetic procedures. The doctor should have provided post-surgical care to evaluate the woman’s condition as well as provide blood thinning medication to assist in the prevention of the formation of blood clots.
Some People Should Not Undergo Cosmetic Procedures
Most healthy people are able to recover quickly from most types of cosmetic procedures. However, some people are not healthy enough to undergo elective surgery. In this instance, the doctor failed to adequately evaluate the woman’s medical condition and did not determine that she was not an appropriate candidate for cosmetic surgery. A person who is at high risk for medical complications should know and understand the dangers before making the decision to proceed with surgery.
Medical Complications after Cosmetic Surgery
Although many cosmetic procedures are quite safe, sometimes they can cause complications. The patient needs to undergo proper testing prior to the procedure to make sure that they are healthy. Sometimes complications occur unexpectedly. The doctor must be prepared to handle such medical emergencies and provide adequate post-surgical care. Because many cosmetic procedures are done on an outpatient basis, the patient must be aware of any symptoms that require attention. The patient should go to the hospital if they experience any medical problems after having cosmetic surgery.
Doctors and other medical professionals are held to a high standard of care. They are required to provide treatment that does not harm patients. In this case, the doctor failed to evaluate the woman’s medical condition and as a result she suffered severe medical harm that led to her death. When a doctor fails to provide proper care and a serious injury or death results, the physician is responsible for the damages. Damages include medical costs, money for pain and suffering, and compensation for loss of life.
If you were the victim of medical malpractice, contact the experienced lawyers at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case today.
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