Plastic Surgeon Blasted For Dancing With Nurse While Patient Unconscious

Some people wish that life were like a musical, where everyone spontaneously breaks out into dance at the most unexpected moments to the tune of a ridiculously catchy song. That wish came true for one unlucky surgical patient at the worst possible moment: a doctor and a nurse were filmed as they busted a move in the midst of a procedure… after they had already sliced the patient open.

In a shocking video out of Medellin, Columbia, the catchy ditty “Treasure” by Bruno Mars proves irresistible to a plastic surgeon and his female technician. As the chorus blares, the two put down their tools and begin dancing energetically. The doctor becomes so absorbed by his tuneless singing and awkward dancing that he bumps the unconscious patient repeatedly, causing her to lurch around on the bed.

The doctor and the surgical tech tried to laugh off the video, claiming that it was all a prank, but others are not convinced. Bernardo Alejandro Guerra, a member of Medellin’s local government, was tipped off by a hospital insider about the video’s existence.

“This is a lack of ethics and respect for the patient and the profession,” Guerra said. “The amazing thing is that the anesthesiologist does not appear in the video. He is the one responsible for the sleeping of the patient and he allows them to dance in the room, without respecting the protocol.”

The American Society of Anesthesiologists confirmed that the apparent absence of such a doctor was a dangerous blunder: “In the operating room, [anesthesiologists] are responsible for the medical management and anesthetic care of the patient throughout the duration of the surgery. The anesthesiologist must carefully match the anesthetic needs of each patient to that patient’s medical condition, responses to anesthesia and the requirements of the surgery.”

This isn’t the first time that doctors were busted for not acting on their best behavior while performing surgery. A Virginia man left his smartphone recording throughout his 2013 colonoscopy so that he could listen back to the advice of his doctor. Instead, he caught anesthesiologist Tiffany Ingham telling the patient that she wanted to “punch you in the face and man you up a little bit.” Later, she tells her assistant to not touch a rash on the patient’s arm, lest she “get syphilis or something.” Dr. Ingham’s offensive comments resulted in the man winning a $500,000 lawsuit against her.

It is unclear whether the grooving Colombian doctors would face legal issues in the United States. Surgical error laws would apply if the surgeon made a mistake during the operation, potentially as a result of his silly antics, and could result in a costly malpractice suit. If it turns out that an anesthesiologist was simply not present for the duration of the surgery, that, too, could prove grounds for litigation.

However, the video could put a damper on the flow of patients traveling to Colombia in order to seek plastic surgery. The Latin American country is one of the most popular destinations for those who want to go under the knife. It also has one of the highest concentrations of plastic surgeons of any country across the globe: while the United States has roughly 6,300 plastic surgeons and a population of 320 million, Colombia has nearly 1,000 plastic surgeons for just under 50 million people.

Colombia has emerged as a plastic surgery destination thanks to its proximity to the United States, which houses 5 percent of the world’s population yet receives an estimated 20 percent of all cosmetic surgical procedures that are performed – a total of about 1.5 million per year. Brazil takes second place with about 1.3 million, followed by Japan, Mexico, and South Korea, which each see about 300,000 patients go under the knife annually. In Colombia, the number hovers around 250,000 procedures.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentations remain the most popular form of plastic surgery among women by far. A total of 279,341 boob jobs were performed in 2015, a total that is up by a whopping 31 percent since 2000. As for men, nose jobs were the most popular procedures, totaling 53,248 in 2015 alone, while blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) came in second place with 29,906 operations.

So what’s the takeaway from all this data? Plastic surgery standards across the globe have risen, particularly for the most popular surgeries, as risks become clearer and surgeons hone their skills. It’s a good time to fix your nagging problems, although patients are always recommended to do their homework. It’s also a good idea to record your surgery if possible. Best case scenario: your doctor runs her mouth and you walk away with hundreds of thousands of dollars, or you end up with a bizarre viral dance video on your hands.