Home >  News >  July, 2014

Plastic Surgeon Faces Malpractice Allegations

For a Kentucky patient, an SSI wasn't the only post-op complication.

Published: July 24, 2014

Five retained sponges and a few ill-advised remarks have led a Kentucky woman to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against her plastic surgeon.

Michael J. Bass, MD, of Lexington, Ky., performed a debridement and skin graft on patient Amanda Martin's left thigh in July 2013, according to a published report.

Ms. Martin's post-op pain didn't recede, however. In fact, a staph infection and fluid build-up demanded continued interventions. An ultrasound in August revealed the cause of the complications: Sponges forgotten in the surgical site, which were removed. Ms. Martin spent 7 inpatient weeks healing.

Adding insult to injury, Dr. Bass allegedly made offensive remarks about Ms. Martin's lower anatomy during his post-surgical examinations.

Ms. Martin filed suit against Dr. Bass, St. Joseph Health System and Kentucky One Health, the Lexington-based hospital and company which hosted the procedure, in June of this year for an undisclosed amount of damages.

Dr. Bass's attorney maintains that the doctor met the standards of care, and the hospital's attorney says an investigation is imminent. In the meantime, says Ms. Martin's attorney, the patient cannot stand on the affected left leg, which will require further surgeries.

David Bernard


Also in the News...

Former Chief Nursing Officer Alleges Firing Retaliation for Reporting Safety Concerns
IV Drip Containing Formaldehyde Instead of Saline Kills Russian Woman, 28
Central Sterile Tech Shoots and Kills Nursing Supervisor at Alabama Hospital
Study Finds Psychosis Drug Amisulpride Reduces Nausea and Vomiting
Design Flaw Could Keep Bair Hugger Warming Blankets From Fully Inflating
Pentax Voluntarily Recalls ED-3490TK Video Duodenoscopes for Design and Labeling Changes
Joint Commission Has Zero Tolerance for Poor Hand Hygiene

New to Outpatient Surgery Magazine?
Sign-up to continue reading this article.
Register Now
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

Jury Hands $2.5 Million to Patient Injured During EGD Procedure

Medical Malpractice: Should Patients Sign Arbitration Agreements?

They often unknowingly forfeit their right to sue doctors in courts of law

Million-Dollar Lawsuit Claims Surgical Fire Ruined 86-Year-Old Woman's Life

Suit: Prep wasn't allowed to fully dry before electrocautery.