An abdominoplasty procedure, or as it’s commonly called a ‘tummy tuck’, is a type of surgery that aims to improve the shape of the tummy area. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat that cannot usually be removed through standard weight loss.
The procedure can vary significantly depending on what the aim of the surgery is and what you have agreed with your surgeon. In the majority of cases, an incision is made at the base of the abdomen, at which point excess skin will be removed from the abdomen wall. In some more major surgical procedures, a surgeon will make multiple incisions, realign muscle groups and even remove the belly button.
As with all cosmetic procedures, the patient has the right to be fully advised of the risks that come with the surgery. What we often see in abdominoplasty, is that the surgeon has not advised the patient properly about what will be done in their procedure, leading to unexpected and upsetting results. In addition, sometimes surgeons will alter plans that were previously agreed with the patient midway through the surgery. This can mean the patient has not given proper consent and may therefore be entitled to compensation.
Complications that can arise as a result of negligence include:
- Excess scarring
- Excess skin around the scarring
- Insufficient removal of skin requiring additional surgery
- Poor cosmetic results
- Removal of the belly button
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The majority of our claims are dealt with by our firm on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if we do not succeed in your claim, you will not have to pay anything.
If we can prove your case we will be able to recover damages for you, including the cost of loss of earnings.
Frequently asked questions
How is it proven that negligence has occurred?
To bring a claim for negligence clients must prove that the surgeon breached their duty of care by following a course of action which is not supported by a reasonable body of medical opinion, and but for that breach of duty you would not have suffered the injury complained of. This could include failure to advise a patient properly about the possible outcomes of their surgery or failure to carry out the appropriate post surgical care.
If I think something has gone wrong what should I do?
The first thing you should do is seek expert advice to establish whether or not you have the grounds for a claim. The first step with any cosmetic surgery claim is to review your medical records. At our firm we are uniquely placed to do this as a number of our solicitors have previous experience as healthcare professionals. This means we can review your records and establish your eligibility for a claim very quickly.