Dentist Performs…Breast Surgery?

You can file this under, “Are you kidding me?” According to a story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer dated November 9, 2008, dentist and oral surgeon Thomas Laney has been sued for disfiguring a young woman during a breast reduction surgery that was performed in 2005. Laney has a questionable record as a dentist and oral surgeon. In 2005 he was licensed and practicing in Seattle, despite having 10 lawsuits filed against him, as well as the death of a patient.

The breast surgery came about because Laney also performed cosmetic surgery, even though he was not qualified to do so. The patient was a 15-year-old high school athlete who had difficulty and discomfort participating in sports because of her large breasts. According to the lawsuit, Laney made a number of surgical errors, including leaving the patient’s sutures in too long, which resulted in excessive scarring and deformities.

The most frightening part of this article may be that Laney still holds a dental license and is still practicing.