My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: FLORIDA
Hi, I underwent breast augmentation surgery about a year ago. After having children there was considerable sagging, so the need for a lift was discussed, in addition to the implant surgery. My surgeon advised AGAINST the lift, stating several times that he did NOT feel the scar would be worth it, and that it WOULD NOT be necessary. Taking his professional advice (surgeon at a major, world renowned hospital) we did what he suggested, and only had the implants done. In short, after an augmentation surgery, you need to wait a good 8-10 months to allow your implants to 'settle' to see your final look. I remained patient throughout this time but when I realized they had 'settled' and the look I was left with was the final outcome, I became concerned. After doing some research, I have discovered I have what's considered 'snoopy deformity' where the implant sits where it's suppose to, and the old saggy breast tissue hangs off the end of the implant. Creating a droopy and abnormal result. This is common when a woman has ptsosis (sagging) prior to surgery and can be identified during the surgery with a method of sitting the patient up once the implant is in to see if this will be an issue. Apparently, this was not done.
I did approach my surgeon / admin with my concerns and was ultimately told that they would take $500 off the cost of a lift --what it would have cost if done in combination with the augmentation (it's less expensive if you do them at the same time). My issue is that I DO NOT feel comfortable using this surgeon again. It has created some tension and awkwardnes. In addition to that, I was not comfortable getting surgery to begin with (especially for cosmetic reasons) and am NOT happy that I will have to undergo another surgery to fix a problem that could have been avoided had we been properly educated prior to my initial surgery. I have seen a few other surgeons to inquire on the cost of a lift and it will be more money to use them because a lift, alone, is more costly.
I feel stuck. I don't want to use them again, yet going someplace else is more money. It angers me that the costly surgeon I used (as opposed to less costly, less reputable surgeons/clinics) didn't properly advise me the first time around. After paying a lot of money for beautiful results, I have ABNORMAL, messed up looking breasts. I couldn't afford this surgery the first time around and now, I have to pay eve more money to fix a problem HE created.
I just want my money back so I can go someplace else.
Can anyone tell me if I have a case? I've called a few medical malpractice #'s and they say they can't take my case (I'm assuming it won't pay out enough?) Do I HAVE a case or should I pursue this with a civil suit?
I keep getting the 'brush off' -- can someone PLEASE help me?
Thank you kindly ~