Man Poses As Liposuction Surgeon, Flushes Fat Down Toilet After Surgery

When you’re undergoing an operation, it’s preferable to have a surgeon with a medical license. But an unsuspecting San Francisco woman wasn’t so lucky, going under the knife of an impostor who allegedly pretended to be a physician assistant, performed liposuction and ended up flushing the fat down her toilet.

According to the L.A. Times, the suspect charged the woman $3,000 for the surgery. He put her under local anesthesia and had her hold her IV bag as he operated while smoking a cigar. The woman suffered an infection and had to undergo another procedure to recover.

The suspected fake doctor could be locked up for as many as 12 years and faces charges that include practicing medicine without a license, false impersonation and a version of assault.

Patients looking for bargains should check out the doctor’s credentials and read up on any complaints filed against him.

Man impersonated doctor, performed liposuction, officials say [L.A. Times]

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  1. JoeTheDragon says:

    Hi, Dr. Nick!

    • kelcema says:

      No, the gas is for meeee! *breathes deeply*

    • Bladerunner says:

      Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing? What a country!

      • Cat says:

        Hey, did you go to Hollywood Upstairs Medical College too?

        • Dallas_shopper says:

          Careful, you’re going to give yourself skin failure.

          • Kamrom says:

            Be creative. Instead of making sandwiches with bread, use Pop-Tarts. Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon. And remember, if you’re not sure about something, rub it against a piece of paper. If the paper turns clear, it’s your window to weight gain.

    • Cat says:

      The knee-bone’s connected to the… something. The something’s connected to the… red thing. The red thing’s connected to my wrist watch…
      Uh oh.

      Seriously, baby, I can prescribe anything I want.

    • jebarringer says:

      I’ll perform any operation for $129.95! Come in for brain surgery and receive a free Chinese finger trap! You’ve tried the best, now try the rest! Call 1-600-DOCT-ORB. The B is for Bargain!

    • RayanneGraff says:

      The coroner? I’m SO sick of that guy!

    • Kamrom says:

      Well if it isn’t my old friend Mr. McGregg‚Äîwith a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg!

  2. Wireless Joe says:

    Protip: When looking for a surgeon, remember that credible surgeons don’t perform surgery in their spare bedroom or a Ford Econoline van.

    • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

      Oopsie. No Ford Econoline Van? Really. Damn it!

    • Jawaka says:

      Yeah, or ask you to hold your IV bag while he’s performing the surgery with a cigar in hand.

      I mean really, there weren’t any red flags here before allowing him to start the procedure?

  3. Straspey says:

    Today’s selection from the “Mutually Exclusive Terms” department:

    Medical

    Bargain

    • Jane_Gage says:

      That’s what Costa Rica is for.

    • eyesack is the boss of the DEFAMATION ZONE says:

      Dumb question – is $3000 for liposuction really that much of a bargain? All surgeries are expensive, of course. But you don’t need to go under full anesthesia, and the puncture site is only a couple inches wide. As far as surgeries go, you’re not using that much equipment, either.

    • zibby says:

      If you think health care is expensive, wait until it’s free!

  4. George4478 says:

    FTA: A few days later, the doctor showed up at her home with 6 pounds of her fat…

    Worst door-prize ever. Where’s Ed McMahon when you need him?

  5. Dr. Ned - This underwear is Sofa King Comfortable! says:

    “But an unsuspecting San Francisco woman wasn’t so smart…”

    /FTFY

    • PatrickPortland says:

      What was the correction? Please don’t say it initially said “San Fran”. That annoyed me even before I moved there.

  6. EarlNowak says:

    Proof that medicine needs less regulation- the free market would have taken care of this guy if the patient had taken the time to read yelp reviews.

    • George4478 says:

      Good point. More regulation would have definitely prevented this criminal from breaking the law. He probably has a “only break a few dozen laws at once” ethic, so if we added a LOT more regulation he’d be totally reformed and not scamming people.

      Because that’s how criminals work.

      • chargernj says:

        No, what it means is less regulation would mean there would be more fake doctors since there would be less of a chance of them being caught.

        Less oversight means more opportunity for crime. That’s how criminals work

        • George4478 says:

          So you think more regulation would have prevented this? If only there were more laws, this would have never happened? I assume that you do since you think less regulation = more criminals, ergo more regulation = less criminals.

          Given all of the power in the world, what regulation would you enact that would have prevented this fake doctor from ripping off this woman? What is the new law that this criminal would not dare break?

          • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

            Ah, the old “If there were no laws there would be no crime” argument. Less regulation does not mean less unethical behavior. More regulation doesn’t mean criminals are less likely to take the risk. Enforcement of regulations could have had some effect on whether this guy got far enough to perform 1 or 2 procedures. We need more enforcers/regulators or the laws we already have.

            It’s like with immigration. We don’t need more laws, we just need to enforce the ones we have (including punishing business owners that knowingly hire illegal workers).

            It’s like with cell-phone/driving laws. We didn’t need them because we already had laws about distracted driving.

            Unfortunately, law enforcement continually sees cutbacks because people think we need smaller government.

    • Bsamm09 says:

      Regulation #1 — Have a medical license. He didn’t have one. A simple check would have caught this. I’d guess the woman knew he wasn’t legit but didn’t care as he was cheap.

    • mxjohnson says:

      Things go wrong: people make mistakes, people commit fraud. We can deal with the wrongs through the courts, or through regulation. Contract law can typically be settled in a court, with restitution. Or, you hit my car, you caused $22,000 in damages, you pay $22,000 to compensate me. Medical malpractice, not so much. It’s not like a court can order a doctor to reattach a mistakenly-amputated limb, or undo the effects of unsafe radiation exposure from a poorly calibrated CT scanner, or bring a dead child back to life.

      Courts, or regulation. If you want less regulation of the medicine, you must be prepared to argue that the courts are a better means of safeguarding our interests.

    • BorkBorkBork says:

      I love how many people took this guy’s troll bait.

  7. PsychoRaven says:

    Good god. How damn stupid can you be? I really can’t feel sorry for someone that damn stupid.

  8. TheMansfieldMauler says:

    The suspected fake doctor…faces charges that include…false impersonation

    False impersonation? So he was really a doctor who pretended to be a person pretending to be a doctor?

  9. Jane_Gage says:

    My friend’s a mortuary scientist, worse stuff goes into the toilet.

    • nodaybuttoday says:

      There was a serial killer in England that got discovered after he was flushing parts of his victims down the toilet. Apparently the plumber who came in to fix it found pieces of flesh clogged in the pipes and immediately contacted the police.

  10. PLATTWORX says:

    “He put her under local anesthesia and had her hold her IV bag as he operated while smoking a cigar.”

    The woman was an idiot beyond measure and is lucky she’s not dead. I’d be afraid to admit I was as stupid as a rock in public….. but I see she has no shame.

  11. dumpsterj says:

    ummm if a surgeon comes to your house to do it you should be suspicious lol

  12. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    In most of these cases people know it’s not a licensed doctor but like the low price and don’t alert authorities unless it goes bad.

  13. Firevine says:

    I know stupid people are everywhere, but California seems to have a much higher concentration of them.

  14. Brainswarm says:

    What a waste. He could have made soap out of it.

  15. smo0 says:

    LOL… I wonder what people think when searching for surgeons.

  16. NoLongerALurker says:

    You mean… Doctor Mario isn’t a licensed practicing doctor? I feel so disillusioned…

  17. Coelacanth says:

    Is somebody trying to go into the soap business?

  18. Vandil says:

    The best part is that she knew working out and eating right could also remove her fat. Once she recovers, she will return to her standard eating and workout (non-existent or insufficient) habits and find herself with more fat to get sucked out.

  19. ben_marko says:

    How stupid is this woman???

  20. Happy Dad says:

    I’ve encounterd physicians that were so stupid that I was amazed they made past their 18th bday let alone make it through med school……if they actually did.

  21. nautox says:

    It really makes me mad when people flush perfectly good bio-diesel down the toilet!

  22. ancientone567 says:

    Surgery is not the place to try to bargain shop people! Get References.

  23. heismanpat says:

    I like the part where the doctor comes over to her house to flush the fat down the toilet, and she didn’t think anything of it *until* she started to suffer the ill effects of this surgery. Some people are just too stupid to be alive.

  24. zibby says:

    Hey, at least he didn’t leave an upper decker.

  25. Invader Zim says:

    The only way to really fix stupid is to hire a fake surgeon to perform a mildly complicated surgury in a place that has no witnesses and indoor plumbing.

  26. Bog says:

    What a deal. I shelled out $14k to fix a couple broken teeeth with implants. He probably could have done wonders for $499.95, a dremmel, a few screws and some bondo.

  27. svengali84 says:

    Still preferable to having a friend perform the surgery in your garage with a vacuum cleaner.