Internal Organs Punctured by Plastic Surgeon During Brazilian Butt Lift Procedures Performed On Two Patients the Same Day
As reported by NBC 6 South Florida, last week a Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Osak Omulepu was found to have committed medical malpractice by an Administrative Law Judge while he performed Brazilian Butt Lifts on two women on the same day in May 2015. In a Brazilian Butt Lift fat is taken from the abdomen or back in a liposuction procedure. The fat is then injected into the patient's butt with a thin long metal rod called a cannula. The desired result is the appearance of a larger, firmer rear end.
Patient, Nancy Fowler commented that she was hospitalized for 4 months following the ambulatory surgery because her colon was perforated by the cannula. As a result the fecal contents of the colon spilled into Ms. Fowler's abdominal cavity and she went into a coma for 28 days. The other patient, Donna McRae required exploratory surgery to find the cause of her extreme pain. During that surgery it was learned that Ms. McRae had several holes in her liver as well as damage to her chest and abdominal wall.
In the Judge's Order it states that Dr. Omulepu: "pushed the cannula at an inappropriate angle through a thick layer of muscle called the abdominal wall. A surgeon is required to operate with a level of skill and care and be able to discern between subcutaneous fat and muscle tissue while passing the cannula through the patient." Not every bad result means there was malpractice. However, you should investigate whether the standard of care was violated if you experience a bad outcome as a result of plastic surgery. See the links below for further information as to your rights to a remedy.