I’d love to report that doctors are always ethical and have their patient’s best interest at heart, but alas even I am not that naive.
It is important for physicians to not mislead the public as to their training or skills. No one expects family physicians to do liposuction surgery or eye doctors to do breast augmentations.
Here is an article in the St. Petersburg Times by Letitia Stein from August 8, 2010: Limited training among some cosmetic surgery doctors worries state officials.
A Tampa doctor accused of allowing unlicensed assistants to perform liposuction should have his license suspended for a year and pay a $50,000 fine, the Florida Board of Medicine decided Saturday.
The board's action was a move to address the growing concern about physicians with limited cosmetic surgery training working in medical spas. …………
The charges stemmed from a woman who came to Dr. Yves N. Jean-Baptiste for liposuction. Jean-Baptiste had trained and received board certification in family medicine. About two years ago, he began to perform cosmetic procedures at his north Tampa practice, YJB Medical and Weight Clinics, after completing a three-day "intensive, hands-on training course" in Weston, according to his attorney.
Jean-Baptiste said he performed more than 250 liposuction procedures, his attorney noted without serious complication. But the July 2009 case illuminated his safety breaches.
State health officials said Jean-Baptiste allowed two people unlicensed to practice medicine to perform liposuction on the patient, identified as D.S. Her medical records didn't show a proper exam before the procedure, how much anesthesia was used, or the amount of fat removed. And Jean-Baptiste hadn't registered his office, then on Gunn Highway, as a surgical facility as required. …………..
And from Dr. Rob Oliver Jr, Plastic Surgery 101, tells us about the eye doctor who had to call 911: Ways to (nearly) ruin your life 101 - Choosing an Atlanta eye doctor to do your breast augmentation surgery
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. …….