A plastic surgeon is under fire for allegedly botching 28 cosmetic surgery procedures. One of these procedures sadly ended in death. The disciplinary consequences that this surgeon will face are still undecided.
A Toronto doctor is facing discipline from the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons after having allegedly botched the plastic surgery procedures of 28 patients. Sadly, this list includes one death.
The ongoing disciplinary hearing for Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar has included testimony from the ex-husband and mother of Krista Stryland, a 32-year-old real estate agent who died in 2007, only hours after a liposuction procedure at the doctor’s Toronto Cosmetic Clinic.
Other testimony against Yazdanfar came from the relatives of Francine Mendelson, a 66-year-old who allegedly left the clinic with fluid oozing from holes in her body after receiving liposuction.
Another witness had filed a complaint after her 22-year-old daughter paid a nonrefundable deposit of $7,000 for a breast augmentation procedure, and then lamented surgical results that made one breast triple the size of the other. According to the mother, the woman not only complained of extreme pain after the surgery but even fainted at one point.
In fact, complaints of extreme and inappropriate post-surgery pain have been a common thread among the testimonies against the surgeon.
Carolyn Silver, lawyer for the College of Physicians and Surgeons, alleges that in the case of these 28 patients, Yazdanfar engaged in sub-standard pre- and post-operative care. Silver said the evidence shows as well that the doctor exceeded the guidelines for how much body fat and fluids can be removed during a liposuction surgery – which is a maximum of five liters for low volume liposuction.
The lawyer adds that the death of Krysta Stryland is due in part to the fact that she was released from the clinic’s operating room in an unstable condition, and clinic staff waited more than two hours before calling an ambulance.
Dr. Yazdanfar is not certified as a plastic surgeon, although she does have a medical degree. She was ordered in May to immediately cease treating patients, including all pre-operative and post-operative appointments, pending the outcome of the case.