Liposuction Surgeon Is Being Slammed for Practicing in a Barn

Michigan has suspended the license of a doctor who authorities said may have endangered patients and the public by performing liposuctions in unsanitary conditions in a storage building known as a pole barn, officials announced Tuesday.

The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said the decision about Bradley Bastow’s osteopathic physician’s license was made under the Public Health Code.

“Our investigation found that Dr. Bastow’s conduct was negligent, incompetent and lacked good moral character,” the agency’s director Shelly Edgerton said in a statement. She described the conditions at the facility in southwestern Michigan as “dangerous and deplorable.”

The department and the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an administrative complaint that also said Bastow improperly disposed of medical waste, improperly dispensed controlled substances, and had other violations. The county health department is warning people who had surgery at the site and showed any signs of infection such as fever, redness, and swelling to seek immediate medical care.

Bastow, who isn’t criminally charged, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Credit: Cosmopolitan

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