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TV Doctors and Botched Surgeries

Posted by Briggs Bedigian | Jun 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

“I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV,” is from a commercial in the 80s selling cough syrup. Like any commercial, viewers should be wary of the claims made to sell a product. Unfortunately, the lines between real doctors and advertisements are more blurred. It can be difficult for viewers to know the difference between medical advice and entertainment.  

When Jenelle Butler was contacted for an appearance on The Doctors, she should have expected the team of doctors to have her best interests at heart. Instead, she ended up with disfigurement and depression because she said she relied on the representations made by the TV show's production company. 

Butt Implant Surgery and Removal

Butt implant surgery involves putting artificial devices into the buttocks to create volume. Gluteal augmentation surgery is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. and around the world. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, butt lifts have increased 252% between 2015 and 2020. 

Many patients eventually regret the initial butt implant procedure and have to follow up with butt implant removal surgery. As with any surgery, there are risks that the patient should be aware of. Butt implant and butt implant removal surgery may involve the risk of: 

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection
  • Uneven buttocks
  • Pain
  • Scarring
  • Necrosis
  • Allergic reaction
  • Skin loss

Appearance on Doctor TV Show

Fitness influencer Jenelle Butler has filed a lawsuit against Stage 29 Productions, producers of the television show The Doctors. According to the complaint, Butler suffered “horrendous injuries,” alleging the production company was negligent in offering the services of the doctor who performed butt implant removal surgery. 

Butler's decision to get butt implants in 2010 was a “young dumb decision.” She wanted to get them removed and was contacted by Stage 29 producers about appearing on The Doctors. When she appeared on the show, she learned that a Miami-based plastic surgeon had offered to remove the silicone butt implants for free. 

According to the complaint, Butler had to receive blood transfusions, suffered extensive tissue death, suffered pain after dealing with deep and open wounds, and was left with horrendous scarring and disfigurement. 

Butler later learned about medical malpractice claims against the doctor who performed the surgery, including a gluteal-implant-removal surgery that resulted in infection, amputation, and death of the patient. 

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Plastic Surgeons 

Just because a TV show offers free medical treatment does not mean it should be trusted. The TV show producers may be more interested in ratings than the wellbeing of the patient. Unfortunately for TV show guests like Butler, appearing on the program ended up being a painful and regretful experience. 

Some plastic surgeons try to avoid responsibility for bad surgeries by telling patients that their expectations were too high or results are not guaranteed. However, cosmetic surgery mistakes can leave the patient with permanent scars, pain, and emotional distress. If you suspect the plastic surgeon made a mistake or did not give you enough information about the possible risks associated with surgery, you may have a medical malpractice claim. 

The medical malpractice attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are committed to helping our clients obtain the financial compensation they deserve to rebuild their lives after a medical error. To discuss your injuries with a member of our legal team, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today.

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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