Monday, November 21, 2011

Woman Injects Cement & Tire Sealant Into Ladie's Backside

When I was in training, I remember once evaluating a former physician who had lost his license partly due to finishing his surgical procedures with wood screws from Home Depot instead of standard surgical screws. In addition, he used rubber cement instead of the standard surgical adhesives. He proudly defended his actions and stated that the wood screws worked better and saved him money. He did not seem to have any regrets over what he had done, despite the fact that patients were harmed. This was the case that came to mind today when I read about a woman who had gone to a person who she thought was a plastic surgeon to get a curvier body. Given that plastic surgery is expensive, she tried to save money and saw someone referred by a friend. After paying $700, she reportedly received toxic injections of cement, mineral oil, and flat tire sealant! This caused her to develop serious medical problems. You can read more about this story here.

While trying to save money is generally a good idea, it is not a good idea when it comes at the expense of picking someone not qualified to provide the desired medical service – in this case, plastic surgery. When trying to find a new doctor, I have put together a brief set of tips on how to do this in a way to minimize dealing with a charlatan. One of the tips I did not mention in that article was to walk away if the person does not physically appear professional to you. This is admittedly subjective and starts to enter into somewhat controversial territory, but if I am going to a plastic surgeon and she walks in with giant feathers dangling from her ears, I am likely walking away. I say this based on a picture of the person (Oneal Ron Morris) above who allegedly posed as a plastic surgeon and injected the concoction of toxic substances. Of course, I don’t know if she was wearing these earrings or some other odd form of apparel when the patient met her, but if so, it is a red flag.

I have used the word “she” above but “he” is the more accurate word to use because Morris was a man who identifies as a woman. Given that Morris was allegedly presenting as someone who can improve another person’s body curvature, I would personally be concerned if I saw that the doctors own body curvature looked like this.

When seeking a plastic surgeon, it is best to have one who is board certified because this provides an additional safety net. A board certified doctor (from a reputable organization) is one who has been vetted by his/her peers to have the appropriate training and education to perform a specialized service and has passed a rigorous examination(s) in the particular specialty area. For physicians, the main board certifying authority is the American Board of Medical Specialists, which oversees the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Another tip is to find out if the plastic surgeon has privileges at the hospital. This is important because hospitals do background checks on their doctors. If the doctor says he/she has hospital privileges at a particular hospital, call the hospital and confirm this if you have doubts.

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