Beware of Bandaid Surgery Clinics

Remember when you were growing up and your mother used to tell you “if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.” Well, you might want to follow your mother’s advice regarding the so-called bandaid surgery clinics.

You know the type?  You are seeing more and more of them on tv commercials.  They say something like the following ” if your doctor tells you you need surgery you have an alternative.”  Simply come to our clinic where we will perform laser surgery on you.  The clinic claims to be non-invasive and gets the same results for you as if you had traditional back or neck surgery.And it is done on an outpatient basis.

Remember again what mom told you.

Allow me to tell you about a former client of mine who decided to try bandaid laser surgery.

My client, let’s call her Jane, was involved in a serious auto intersection collision.  She was knocked unconscious, her car was totaled and she was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Jane was admitted for several days because of the effects of her concussion. After the symptoms of the concussion cleared up she  got the bad news from her doctor.  Jane had a herniated disc in her neck due to the auto collision.  The disc herniation was pressing on a nerve in her neck and was causing her severe pain.  The doctor recommended immediate surgery.

Well, Jane didn’t want to have a neck operation ( imagine that!).  As she was sitting in her house watching tv and trying to alleviate her neck pain she saw one of these commercials.  It was a well done tv sales pitch.  The clinic said it would be a minimally invasive laser procedure (they didn’t even call it surgery).   What’s more, they claimed that the procedure would only take 15 minutes and she would be up and walking around within an hour with all of her complaints resolved.

Now Pittsburgh wrongful death, medical malpractice, slip and fall, car accident and criminal defense attorney Bernie Tully is with you on this one.  Bells should have been going off in her head telling her this is too good to be true.  But as all of us know, when you are in intense pain, you are not thinking clearly.  So Jane agreed to have the procedure done at the bandaid clinic.  Here is what happened.  First, the procedure wasn’t done in Pittsburgh.  Instead, Jane had to go to Ohio for it.  Second, she had to undergo tests for 2 days.  Third, the procedure was not noninvasive. Instead, it took several hours to complete.  Then Jane had to recuperate for several days at their so-called hospital.

Pittsburgh wrongful death, medical malpractice, slip and fall, car accident and criminal defense attorney Bernie Tully hopes you can see what comes next.  Because within 60 days of the laser surgery Jane was back where she started.  She still had excruciating pain in her neck.

Surprised? I didn’t think so.

Your mom could have told you the answer to this one.

Thanks for reading.

Bernie the attorney