Rushed Silicone Implant Revision Surgery Due to Reduced Anesthesia Time

This case study explores the alleged complications arising from a silicone implant revision surgery, where the anesthesia time was reduced, leading to a rushed procedure.

ByExpert Institute

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Published on February 6, 2024

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Case Overview

This case involved an adult female patient who previously underwent a silicone breast implant procedure. She required revision surgery for her implants. The initial plan was for two hours under anesthesia.

However, on the day of the operation, the anesthesiologists reduced the time to one hour. Allegedly, this change prompted the surgeon to modify their surgical technique to accommodate the shorter timeframe. The plaintiff alleges that this resulted in rushed surgery and subsequent complications.

Post-surgery, the patient developed several issues including rashes, an irregular breast contour, and dissatisfaction with the size and shape of her breasts. Additionally, her scarring was reportedly more severe than anticipated. She also experienced autoimmune complications following the procedure.

A plastic surgeon’s expert opinion is sought to determine liability and causation in this case.

Questions to the expert and their responses

Q1

Please describe your experience performing similar procedures.

I am a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in my field. My expertise includes the regular performance of breast surgery, particularly those involving implants. I have a specific focus on revision surgery which makes me well-equipped to understand and analyze this case.

Q2

Have you ever reviewed a similar case? If yes, please elaborate.

Over the years, I’ve reviewed numerous cosmetic breast surgery cases for both plaintiffs and defense parties. This has given me extensive insight into various surgical techniques, potential complications, and standards of care within our industry.

In addition to my clinical practice, I’ve held leadership roles such as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Plastic Surgery at a major medical center in a large city. I’ve also served on the board of an aesthetic society and the editorial board of a respected surgery journal.

About the expert

This expert is a highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in both general and pediatric plastic surgery, as well as hand and microsurgery. They have held prestigious positions such as the Chief of Surgery at a major medical center and currently serve as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at another medical institution. In addition to their clinical practice, this expert is an assistant professor at two universities, the founder and president of a wellness expo, and a member of several professional societies including the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

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