Texas Woman Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit After Breast-Reduction Surgery

Texas Woman Files Medical Malpractice Lawsuit After Breast-Reduction SurgeryA woman from Jefferson County, Texas, has filed a lawsuit against a Houston plastic surgeon following what she claims was a botched breast-reduction procedure, the Southeast Texas Record reports.

According to the media outlet, Mary Kay Langham filed the medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Garry Wayne Killyon, Fort Bend Surgery Center Inc. and East Side Surgery Inc., claiming the surgery, which was performed two years ago, is still causing her problems.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Galveston County 405th District Court, claims Langham receive three unsuccessful surgeries that were meant to reduce the size of her breasts. In the original petition, Killyon, who was operating under the business name Excel Center for Cosmetic Change, was expected to extract about 500 grams of breast tissue, but only removed about 200 grams.

According to the Record, Langham said she was then discharged by the surgeon without any drains in her breasts, and days later, returned to the surgery center complaining of hematomas and the separation of skin at the site of the surgery. A second operation was then performed at  the Fort Bend Surgery Center, however complications from the surgery led to further hospitalization and eventually a third surgery, the complaint says.

Langham claims that the three surgeries she has undergone have left her "permanently injured and grossly disfigured."

Now, Killyon has submitted a revised version of his initial response to the lawsuit. The doctor entered his first formal response on December 27, 2011, invoking his "his legal right to a reduction of any dollar verdict which may be rendered in this cause by credit for payments made by other persons or entities or by percentage reductions to which this defendant would be entitled as a result of jury findings against other persons or entities."

However, the news provider states, Killyon has since amended his first answer, and on March 29, 2012, changed his statement to say that he "specifically denies that he is doing business under an assumed name or trade name as alleged."

According to the Mayo Clinic, breast reduction surgery comes with the same risks as any surgery, but can also lead to unique complications. The procedure can result in loss of sensation in the nipples and areolae, scarring, difficulty breastfeeding and asymmetry. Also, women with a higher body mass index have shown a greater risk of poor wound healing after the surgery.