Surgeon suspended over misconduct
AN ITALIAN plastic surgeon has been suspended from working for six months by the High Court for failing to provide proper aftercare for a woman following breast-augmentation surgery.
In February, a Medical Council Fitness to Practice Committee (FtPC) found Dr Marco Loiacono (33) guilty of misconduct in six out of 11 charges against him. He had denied the allegations.
The doctor carried out the operation on Catherine McCormack (33), a mother of three from Swords, Co Dublin, at the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery in Dublin in October 2006.
Ms McCormack claimed that an implant in her left breast became exposed after an infection set in. The breast became swollen and tender after stitches were removed, she said.
The FtPC found that Dr Loiacono failed to arrange for any or adequate post-operative treatment after becoming aware that Ms McCormack's breast had become infected and that he failed to remove the left implant in a proper and timely manner.
It also found that Dr Loiacono failed to arrange for appropriate measures to address Ms McCormack's breast infection on or after November 9, 2006.
The doctor was found guilty of failing to maintain adequate records of the care provided to Ms McCormack.
The FtPC also found that he failed to apply adequate levels of clinical competence and/or judgment in respect of care provided to Ms McCormack.
Yesterday, the Medical Council recommended to High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns that Dr Loiacono be suspended for six months and that he undergo further education.
The judge made the order and also awarded costs of the case to the Medical Council.
There was no appearance by or on behalf of the doctor.