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New lawsuit alleges medical malpractice by Houston & Cypress plastic surgeon Chandrasekhar "Bob" Basu, M.D.

Plastic surgery expert opinion: Dr. Basu misused surgical device

Painter Law Firm filed a Houston medical malpractice case today on behalf of our client against plastic surgeon Chandrasekhar Basu, M.D. a/k/a Bob Basu, M.D.

The Harris County District Clerk assigned this new case Cause No. 2020-34161, in the 113th District Court, where The Hon. Rabeea Sultan Collier is the presiding judge. You can read the original petition here.

Dr. Basu practices at Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery, which currently has two locations. Dr. C. Bob Basu’s Houston location is at 1200 Binz Street, Suite 950, Houston, Texas 77004, which is near the Texas Medical Center. His other location is in the Cypress Towne Lake Center, located at 9899 Towne Pale Parkway, Suite 100, Cypress, Texas 77433.

Not the first time

This is not the first medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Chandrasekhar Bob Basu.

In 2014, one of Dr. Basu’s patients filed a lawsuit claiming that he misused a device during her breast augmentation surgery. The original petition alleged that the patient experienced burns below the superficial layers of her skin because Dr. Basu left an extremely and unnecessarily hot device on her skin.

The plaintiff claimed that Dr. Basu’s negligence left her with permanent disfigurement.

The new case against Dr. Basu

Our client and a board-certified plastic surgery expert that we hired to review the medical records contend that Dr. Basu once again misused a medical device in a way that caused a serious patient injury.

Our client’s terrible health care journey began back in June 2018, when he was referred to Dr. Basu for a minor cosmetic procedure.

He recalls having multiple appointments at Basu Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery and that Dr. Basu didn’t show up for most of them. In fact, one of Dr. Basu’s non-licensed staff members initially examined him, recommended surgery, and collected a $2,000 deposit.

Dr. Basu’s office demanded full payment of the non-refundable $10,225 surgical fee before Dr. Basu would even agree to examine or diagnose our client. That happened on his third visit to Basu Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.

According to the office chart, Dr. Basu diagnosed our client with Grade II gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in males) and noted that he had good skin tone. He recommended BodyTite radiofrequency-assisted liposuction.

Our client recalls Dr. Basu telling him that he was an excellent candidate for the surgery, the procedure was simple, and that he’d return to work in 48 hours with two tiny temporary scars about 2 mm in length. He felt reassured because this was the type of representation made on Dr. Basu’s website, where he posted before and after photos and touted his own surgical skills.

The surgery was scheduled for a hospital in the Texas Medical Center, but our client recalls a last-minute change by Dr. Basu to do the surgery at his own office some 30 miles away. It’s unclear why Dr. Basu insisted on this change. In my experience, though, some surgeons prefer to perform procedures in their own offices or surgery centers so they can profit from the lucrative facility fees that would otherwise be paid to hospitals.

During the surgery, Dr. Basu used a radiofrequency-assisted device on both breasts to perform liposuction. Our plastic surgery expert believes that Dr. Basu likely misused the device by inserting the cannula too superficially (close to the skin) instead of deeper, about 1–2 cm deep to the dermis.

According to our board-certified plastic surgery expert, the heat generated by the cannula that Dr. Basu misplaced caused burns and liquefied and destroyed the blood vessels that supplied both nipple complexes.

The result?

Our expert contends that Dr. Basu’s misuse of the cannula and substandard care caused permanent nipple necrosis (tissue death), tissue loss, and deformity.

To make matters worse, our client believes that Dr. Basu and his office staff gave him a binder that was too small, which further reduced blood flow to the surgical area. He recalls this causing excruciating pain, bleeding, drainage, inflammation, and severe tissue necrosis. 

It didn’t take long for our client to feel that something had gone wrong. His numerous urgent phone calls and emails to Dr. Basu’s office to share his concerns and beg for medical help are mysteriously missing from Dr. Basu’s office chart. So, too, are photos from his eventual follow-up office visits. Fortunately, our client kept records of these communications and his own set of dated photos.

According to our client, at first Dr. Basu was dismissive of his serious injuries and pawned him off on his nursing staff. On one of the first post-operative visits, though, even Dr. Basu’s nurse saw and documented areas of oozing, redness, and thick black scabbing. On the same appointment, the staff at Basu Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery provided our client with a correctly sized abdominal binder.

In later post-operative visits, this unfortunate patient faced painful debridements of the damaged areas. Debridement is a painful process of scraping or cutting away dead tissue. By the fourth post-operative visit that Dr. Basu documented, our client recalls the doctor urging him to pony up more cash for another surgery to address scar contracture and a horizonal crease.

Fed up with his care, our client sought out another surgeon and has now undergone two additional surgeries to try and repair the damage caused by Dr. Basu’s surgery. He’s continuing to receive medical treatment and is coping with the fact that he will suffer permanent disfigurement.

If you’ve been seriously injured because of poor plastic surgery care by Dr. Basu or another surgeon, then contact a top-rated experienced Houston, Texas medical malpractice lawyer for help in evaluating your potential case.

Robert Painter is an award-winning medical malpractice attorney at Painter Law Firm PLLC, in Houston, Texas. He is a former hospital administrator who represents patients and family members in medical negligence and wrongful death lawsuits all over Texas. Contact him by calling 281-580-8800 or emailing him right now.

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