Plastic or cosmetic surgery can arise after trauma causing serious injuries such as wounds, burns or other disfigurements or on an elective basis whereby patients wish to enhance their physical appearance.
One of the most common forms is breast surgery. This might be reconstructive surgery following mastectomy (surgical removal of a breast) in cancer cases or breast enlargement or reduction for cosmetic reasons.
Medical negligence claims can involve NHS surgeons or those that practise privately, either in general private hospitals or specialist clinics.
Typical cases that arise include:-
- Failing to properly counsel and advise a patient on available options (including not having surgery at all in the case of purely elective surgery) so as to obtain their fully informed consent to a procedure or allowing a patient to advance to surgery where he or she has unrealistic expectations concerning the likely result.
- Substandard surgical outcomes. In elective cases the law demands a far higher standard of aesthetic result than say in patients undergoing general surgery. Some of the more common types of surgery that can give rise to claims in clinical negligence are:
- Rhytidectomy (face lift) / Rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
- Breast Augmentation (enlargement) / Mastopexy (breast lift) /Breast Reduction.
- Abdominal Reduction (‘tummy tuck’) / Liposuction.
- Thermal Aesthetics (Botox injections and similar treatments).
- Genital Enhancement Surgery.
We have a particular expertise in medical negligence cases involving all forms of breast surgery including a considerable number of cases (both private and NHS) involving the disgraced surgeon, Mr David Jackson, who formerly operated at the Chaucer BMI Hospital, Canterbury, the Kent and Canterbury Hospital and the QEQM Hospital, Margate.