There is a valid reason why the show, “My 600lb Life,” is controversial, as it depicts morbidly obese patients undergoing weight loss surgeries on a mission to better their lives. While it’s always a good thing to do things that better your health, some believe that the show pushes the limits when it comes to drastic weight loss measures and instead of losing weight the tried and true way with diet and exercise, the show promotes, somewhat dangerous surgeries.
Each episode of the reality show starts out the same. The viewer gets a glimpse into the patient’s life and gets to witness how low their quality of life is due to their morbid obesity. The majority of the patients can’t even get out of bed and because they feel like they are such a burden to their families they lose themselves in constant fast food bingeing.
Following the opening of show, each patient then goes to see Dr. Nowzardan (Now), a renowned bariatric surgeon, who promises them that they will turn their life around for the better, as long as they maintain a 1200 calorie diet and limited exercise. The patients main challenge is to hit a weight loss goal in the first month, and if they prove to be successful Now will conduct a surgery that is expected to change their lives for the better.
Dr. Now has been considered a hero to some, up until recently. Now, along with the Houston Obesity Surgery and Best Care Clinic, Inc., Dr. Now is being sued for leaving a foreign object in one of his patient’s bodies. The patient had undergone laproscopic surgery to remove her gastric banding and port and had also had a hiatal hernia reparied.
“Within days of the procedure, plaintiff developed persistent extreme abdominal pain and pressure to her lower abdomen inconsistent with post-operative pain,” the court papers read. “Plaintiff sought follow-up evaluation, treatment and prognosis from two physicians and discussion began for the removal of the stainless steel connector and tubing.”
Allegedly, the tubing had been in the patient’s body for two years and as a result the patient is suing the doctor for the following:
“improperly treating and failing to completely remove all of the components of the gastric band system and by failing to recognize that he left behind a portion of the stainless steel connector and a 29 cm portion of tubing.”
The court documents went on to state the following regarding the case:
“As a direct result of the negligence and breach of standard of care by defendants, plaintiff suffered complications including, but not limited to, pain, suffering, pelvic pain, and increase adhesions requiring an additional surgery and general anesthesia for removal.”
While Dr. Now has denied the allegations, this is not the first time he has been sued for malpractice. In 2012, a patient by the name of Michelle Park, sued Dr. Now for a very similar issue, claiming that he had left a 6.69 inch piece of tubing inside her body after gastric sleeve surgery. To make matters worse, the tubing wasn’t found until 22 months after the procedure.
The plaintiff is suing for damages of $200,000, but not more than $1,000,000.