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Miami Plastic Surgeon is in Hot Water

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | Jan 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

Several Miami-based plaintiffs were successful in a medical malpractice complaint that was brought against a plastic surgeon.

Dr. Omulepu performed butt lift procedures on four women in 2015. The procedure, which involves the taking of fat from one area of the body and placing it in the buttocks, can lead to serious complications if the procedure is not properly performed.

The four procedures were performed within a three-day span and led to the patients suffering from a variety of ailments including:

  • Nerve damage
  • Immobility of lower limbs
  • Perforation of the liver
  • Severe bleeding
  • Dehydration

The first patient, a 31-year-old female, called the Dr. Omulepu's clinic the morning after the butt lift procedure to report severe pain. Dr. Omulepu agreed to evaluate the patient and said she was suffering from nothing more than dehydration. Dr. Omulepu provided the patient with pain medication and fluids, and when she complained of more pain the next day, she was instructed to take more pain medication. The severe pain persisted in her abdomen and a fever began which eventually led to a visit to the emergency room.

At the hospital, the first patient was diagnosed with anemia and severe sepsis. Emergency room doctors found several perforations in her liver which led to several blood transfusions over the next nine days.

The second patient, a 35-year-old female, could not move her left leg and had severe pain the morning after the procedure. The patient visited with Dr. Omulepu who explained that the problems were caused by dehydration. The patient went to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with septic shock, peritonitis, and acute renal failure. Perforations were found in her small bowel, and there was damage to her sciatic nerve. The second patient was forced to remain at the hospital for three weeks.

The third patient, a 29-year-old female, suffered from severe bleeding the night following the procedure. The patient immediately went to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with anemia and dehydration and underwent blood transfusions over the next two days.

The fourth patient, a 35-year-old female, received a blood transfusion after complaining of severe bleeding at the site of the incision.

The main cause of the patients' injuries appear to have been from the method Dr. Omulepu used during the liposuction portion of the procedure. Usually, a tumescent solution is injected into a patient's tissue to reduce bleeding. While Dr. Omulepu followed this method, his solution was weak and did not serve to properly stop the bleeding.

Since the complaints, Florida health officials have taken steps to revoke Dr. Omulpu's medical license.

Medical malpractice can have devastating effects that last a lifetime. If you have been injured by a physician's neglect, attorneys Charles Gilman and Briggs Bedigian will work to get you the full compensation to which you are entitled. Call 800-529-6162 today or contact them online for a free case evaluation. They handle cases in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

About the Author

Briggs Bedigian

H. Briggs Bedigian (“Briggs”) is a founding partner of Gilman & Bedigian, LLC.  Prior to forming Gilman & Bedigian, LLC, Briggs was a partner at Wais, Vogelstein and Bedigian, LLC, where he was the head of the firm's litigation practice.  Briggs' legal practice is focused on representing clients involved in medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. 

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