“Elderly Surgeon” Performs Vaginal Rejuvenation and ENT Surgeon Performs Liposuction and Butt Lift, Prior to Patient Death

Crazy story from the L.A. Times: An 85 year old surgeon was placed on three years probation after a patient he performed vaginal rejuvenation surgery on bled to death back in 2008.  According to the article, Dr. Lawrence Hansen performed this procedure on a 39 year old woman, and was immediately followed by Dr. Harrell Robinson, an ENT physician, who subsequently performed liposuction and a butt lift.  She bled to death soon afterwards from an accidental internal hemorrhage.

There are so many alarming details of this story that I don’t know where to start.   First of all, I hope that I’m sitting on a beach somewhere sipping a Pina Colada when I’m in my 80’s and not in an operating room.  That being said, there are many surgeons in their 80’s who may be perfectly capable and fine surgeons, but that hopefully won’t be me.  And what is an ENT doctor performing liposuction and a buttock lift for?  The buttocks are a long way from the head and neck.  That’s almost as crazy as an ER doc performing plastic surgery!  Don’t get me going on that…

If you are thinking about plastic surgery, do your homework and pick a REAL plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  A cosmetic surgeon is NOT the same as a plastic surgeon, like my old Ford Tempo from college is not the same as my Lincoln MKX.

To learn about IN STITCHES, my memoir of becoming a plastic surgeon, click here.

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  1. This story isn’t funny but I have to laugh a little at your astute observations re the ENT surgeon. I would suggest that someone engaged in surgery at 85 either has a passion for it that he cannot give up or has not done well with it during his prime and needs the $$$

    What I don’t understand, Dr. Y., is how anyone can not do their due diligence when about to be slit open with a knife, or prodded with a canula. That is what’s really scary.

    Comment by Rosina deMaltby on February 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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