Improving the safety of aesthetic surgery: Recommendations following a 14-year review of cases referred to the Medical Defence Union from across the United Kingdom (1990–2004)

Clin Risk 2009;15:241-243
doi:10.1258/cr.2009.090050
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Rajiv Grover

Aesthetic surgery differs from all other forms of surgery inbeing a treatment for ‘want’ rather than ‘need’.Historically it has been a field with a significant rate oflitigation as a result of the high expectation of patients.A 14-year audit of claims to the MDU between 1990 and 2004 hasallowed a unique insight into the nature of events which patientsdeem significant and lead them to seek litigation. The top linefindings of this review have allowed this article to suggestsome recommendations to reduce risk in aesthetic surgery. Ninetypercent of the claims had as a significant component a deficiencyin documentation which made the case difficult to defend. Thisarticle looks at where these deficiencies in documentation layto make recommendations for surgeons practising aesthetic surgery.

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