Florida woman dies after liposuction, doctor has questionable history

January 17, 2011

Florida woman dies after liposuction, doctor has questionable history
Florida woman dies after liposuction, doctor has questionable history

A number of questions remain after a woman in Florida died following a pair of plastic surgeries in late December. The death of 35-year-old Lidvian Zelaya, who was receiving liposuction and buttock injections, raises concerns over the history of malpractice allegations against her doctor, Dr. Roger L. Gordon, ABC News reports.

The incident is especially troubling given the fact that Zelaya was declared to be in good health just days before the operation. However, investigators who have probed Gordon's background found that he has had 20 lawsuits filed against him in the last six years, according to the news source.

Additionally, authorities say that Gordon was placed on probation for an undisclosed reason, and that he also had staff privileges terminated at another medical center.

"At this time we have a lot of questions. We want to know who screened her, how she was screened, and what happened," attorney Spencer Aronfeld told the news provider.

It could be worthwhile to check with your state medical board to find out if your doctor has been disciplined or accused of any wrongdoing. Patients who are considering plastic surgeons should be sure to choose a board-certified surgeon recommended by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to ensure their cosmetic procedures are performed correctly.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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