Plastic Surgery Nightmares: Lori

Plastic Surgery Nightmares: Lori

"Dr. Adams has no right to be practicing. He's butchered and mutilated people," Lori says. She chose him for a breast revision surgery. "When I first met Dr. Adams, I was referred to him by my doctor. The problem that I was having was my breast was saggy. My implant was showing through my skin. Dr. Adams had a new procedure that would correct the problem. After the surgery, that's when I noticed all of the damage that was done to my chest. My nipples are deformed. I was in excruciating pain. My left breast was
larger than my right breast. I went back a month later. He said, ‘You look fine to me.' He laughed. I just felt despair. I just felt like, wow, I trusted this doctor, and this is what he did to me." Tears well up in Lori's eyes. "It's very traumatic to know that you're going to be deformed for the rest of your life," she says.

Lori continues. "After seven years, I found another doctor to have the surgery
redone. During the surgery, he started cutting into something that he knew was a foreign object because it started smoking. There was a smell. The nurses were crying. There was infection. What he found was a surgical sponge that Dr. Adams had left inside of me. The sponge had grown through the tissue of my breast. I was horrified. It's like, oh, my God, that was in my body for nearly seven years. I'm very lucky to be alive," she says. "I decided to pursue a lawsuit against Adams. I won a default judgment for over $100,000. Adams has not responded to anything, so I have not collected a penny. I'm very angry. He needs to 'fess up. He needs to own up and take responsibility. How about an apology?"

"Did you talk to him about these problems before you filed suit?" Dr. Phil asks Lori.

"I talked to him about the problems I was having directly after the surgery, which I didn't know were a result of a sponge being left inside of me. I was having serious pain for a good two years," she says.

"What did you know about Dr. Adams before you retained him to do this?"

"I didn't know much," Lori admits. "I had two consultations with him. When I called my original doctor, to go back in and revise [the first surgery,] he referred me to Dr. Jan Adams, and he said that he had a new procedure that would take care of the problem that I was having. So I did talk to him briefly that first time, and then I set up another consultation where he explained the procedure he was going to perform more in detail. And at that time, when I left, I felt confident that he knew what he going to be doing."

"Was his strategy to put the implants under the muscle?" Dr. Phil asks.

"No, what he said was he was going to split the muscle so that part of the muscle would be on top of the implant and then part would be underneath, supporting," she explains.

"I talked to him about this, and I asked him about it, and he said, by the way, that he doesn't use sponges," Dr. Phil says.

"Well, surgical gauze, sponge … " Lori explains.

"I don't know how you do an operation without using some type of surgical sponge, or what we call lap. I mean, you need that to dry the bed, to check for bleeding, etc.," Dr. Ordon explains. "We discussed board certification. The other issue is where is this surgery being performed? If you're in an accredited facility that's accredited by one of the major recognized agencies, we have double and triple checks in surgery that go on, that anything that you put in that patient comes out."

Dr. Phil asks Lori why she refused to sign a release allowing Dr. Adams " if he had come to the show " to talk about her case. "You had said, ‘I want justice. I want an apology. I want acknowledgment from him,' but you are one of the three who are here who said, ‘No, I don't want to sign a release, because I don't want to be on the same stage with him. I don't want to be in the same location with him.' That seems inconsistent to me."

"I want people to be aware, to know that he has done these things, but after what happened to me, I used to get sick when I would hear his voice or see him on TV, and it just " "

"It would be too traumatic for you," Dr. Phil surmises.

Lori continues. "I haven't asked for an apology from him. What I said was he hasn't even so much as given an apology to anyone … If you made a mistake, apologize to your patients, not laugh. I had two puncture wounds in my breasts that he could not explain. He laughed at me. He told me I was not properly healed, there was nothing wrong with me, to go home and give it more time."