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    Angry Dr. brands uterus during hysterectomy

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    Doctor Branded Woman's Uterus After SurgeryOB/GYN lasered patient’s name in “friendly gesture”

    SEPTEMBER 13--After performing a hysterectomy last year, a California gynecologist used a cauterizing tool to brand his patient’s name on her removed uterus, an unorthodox move that the doctor calls a “friendly gesture,” but which the woman terms “despicable conduct” in a medical negligence lawsuit.

    Paulicivic alleges that the branding was done for “no medically necessary purpose or reason” and that she somehow suffered burns on her legs while the uterus was being marked, according to her complaint. In an interview, Paulicivic’s lawyer, Devan Mullins, called the branding “inexcusably bizarre behavior,” adding that the 50-year-old Alinsod was “fooling around and having fun.”

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    "Having fun" ??? Wonder what he does for excitement?


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    geez
    I see a medical license suspension in his future

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    From OP link:

    Paulicivic’s lawsuit, which includes her husband as a plaintiff, does not specify monetary damages. Along with accusing Alinsod of medical negligence, the complaint charges the doctor with battery and contends that Joe Paulicivic has been “permanently injured and damaged” due to the resulting loss of consortium with his wife.
    I need to think this one through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
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    I need to think this one through.
    while i do think what this dr did was bizarre, the lawsuit shows that these people are nuts LOL

    hopefully the judge will see through the greed, and hopefully the dr learned the limits of 'friendly gestures'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mira View Post
    while i do think what this dr did was bizarre, the lawsuit shows that these people are nuts LOL

    hopefully the judge will see through the greed, and hopefully the dr learned the limits of 'friendly gestures'
    That's where my thinking was taking me too Mira

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    He burned her. He was goofing off. An idiot and a stooge, imo.

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    I'm going to wait and see what the court says. She says he burned her, and I have no reason to doubt that he could have, but the lawsuit is worded weird and made me have to reserve a definate opinion on the topic.
    Last edited by Kat; 09-16-2010 at 03:43 PM. Reason: typo, used wrong word.

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    I'm confused: doesn't a hysterectomy involve removing the uterus? It says he did this branding after the hysterectomy so how did he get near her to burn her? Come on people, can't anyone make their job more enjoyable anymore? (just kidding) But I do think this lawsuit is weak. A burn can be treated and she could get that paid for but the whole loss of consortium etc. is just crap to try and get the malpractice insurance to throw them a huge settlement bone (or rather the attorneys).
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    Having been an OR manager in the past, I can tell you what my actions would have been concerning a surgeon taking this action, but my question is, how did she find out? Also the device referred to is grounded, by placing a pad on the patients thigh. How did he burn her after the uterus was removed?

    Truly a bizarre situation!


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    I read this case on CNN the other day-hands up if you think this guy keeps trophies of some of his surgeries? Let's hope it was done in an operating room with people who were observing and assisting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunnieRN View Post
    Having been an OR manager in the past, I can tell you what my actions would have been concerning a surgeon taking this action, but my question is, how did she find out? Also the device referred to is grounded, by placing a pad on the patients thigh. How did he burn her after the uterus was removed?

    Truly a bizarre situation!
    He injured her and she asked for pictures of the surgery which she knew he had taken. He hesitated but DH showed him how to copy from his camera. When they got home and reviewed them they were HORRIFIED.

    IIRC he burned her vagina during the surgery with the instrument.

    The last time I checked he was still practicing which is very very concerning to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mira View Post
    while i do think what this dr did was bizarre, the lawsuit shows that these people are nuts LOL
    Speaking of which - I wonder if the good doctor would like his branded...
    Last edited by Velouria; 09-16-2010 at 05:55 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
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    I need to think this one through.
    It's a common legal ploy based on old laws that remain on the books. May be true in this case, for all I know, but it's one of those things that plaintiffs' attorneys commonly add on.

    (BTW, I am not bashing plaintiffs' attorneys here; it's their job to do everything they can for their clients. I'm just saying I've heard of this sort of claim before (I can cite an actual case if anyone cares) and it doesn't really tell us anything about the plaintiffs themselves.)

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    Well there should be several people in the room who will know what happened.
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