According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, women make up the vast majority of plastic surgery patients. Breast augmentation is among the most popular types of plastic surgery for women, along with liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, and tummy tucks. However, men are increasingly looking to plastic surgeons to address perceived problems. This may increase the number of men who are victims of cosmetic surgery medical malpractice.
A doctor in San Diego is under review by the medical board for a botched penile augmentation surgery that left the man with penile scarring and forced surgical removal of a dead left testicle. The Medical Board of California wants to revoke the license of Dr. Alexander Krakovsky for using unapproved and unregulated procedures.
Penile Triple Augmentation Procedure
The penile cosmetic augmentation surgery (cosmetic phalloplasty) is intended to increase the length, girth, and glans of the penis. Some of the reasons cited by patients for seeking out the surgery include discomfort in their penis size around other men, discomfort towards women, and a desire to impress others.
Over a 15-year period, Dr. Krakovsky claims to have performed a total of 315 phalloplasty surgeries. The medical board complaint against Dr. Krakovsky involved claims of negligence and incompetence in medical treatment of five men.
One patient was a 36-year-old dentist from Canada, who traveled to San Diego to have his penis lengthened and enlarged. After surgery, one of the patient's wounds reopened and Krakovsky reportedly removed the skin grafts but the patient developed scar tissue associated with “severe penis retraction.” During a surgery, Krakovsky is also alleged to have failed to recognize a vascular injury which led to the eventual removal of the patient's left testicle.
According to the complaint, Dr. Krakovsky failed to discuss or document possible complications of the procedure. Krakovsky also allegedly failed to properly obtain informed consent for the unapproved and unregulated procedures.
Informed Consent in Cosmetic Surgery
Before surgery, including elective plastic surgery, the doctor must fully inform patients about the risks involved in the procedure. Prior to treatment, the physician is obligated to discuss and disclose several items with the patient; including:
- The condition being treated;
- The nature and character of the proposed treatment or surgical procedure;
- The anticipated results from the proposed treatment or surgical procedure;
- The recognized possible alternative forms of treatment; and
- The recognized serious possible risks, complications, and anticipated benefits involved in the treatment or surgical procedure, as well as the recognized possible alternative forms of treatment, including non-treatment.
If a doctor fails to get informed consent and the patient suffers an injury, the patient may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
Even if a surgeon claims to be one of the best plastic surgeons in their field, failure to properly inform patients of the risks involved may be medical malpractice. The skilled medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian fight to get compensation for injured patients. Contact our law office online or by calling (800) 529-6162.