A former Sydney plastic surgeon has been stripped of his medical license after botching breast and vaginal surgeries of a dozen patients, causing “untold stress, anxiety and disfigurement”.
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) ruled Leslie Blackstock had been “grossly derelict” in his duties, including when he washed and reinserted an infected implant.
The tribunal heard that in a series of surgeries at his Enhance Clinic in Emu Plains, Blackstock woke patients mid-surgery, sat them up and asked if their implants were “OK” or if they wanted to “go bigger”.
It heard one patient’s mother and two friends were asked to come into the operating room and comment about her breasts.
It also heard another patient recalled Blackstock waking her up mid-surgery and showing her what he had cut from her vagina.
NCAT ruled that the practitioner’s practice of allowing friends or relatives to come into the room was not only “highly unorthodox” but also dangerous.
Other patients gave evidence that they had experienced significant pain, impairment or disfigurement after Bradstock’s operations.
One told the tribunal that one of their breasts had “dropped” after surgery, while another said one of their breasts became significantly higher and firmer than the other.
Two patients involved in the NCAT evidence said they had “developed a hole” in their breast, with discharge or pus coming out of the wound.
Blackstock was found guilty of professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional conduct by NCAT after complaints lodged to the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).
He will be unable to be registered as a medical practitioner for at least seven years in Australia.
The surgeon, who now resides in Queensland, had his medical license suspended in October 2017, before a litany of legal battles.
He was convicted and fined $255,000 last year for conducting a private health facility and performing treatments without a license.
In a separate court case, Kylie Turner, who underwent four surgeries with Blackstock, was awarded more than $200,000 compensation after he was found to have been negligent.
Ms. Turner told the court she underwent surgery in Blackstock’s house in 2014 and he asked her to sit up while still sedated and confirm whether she was satisfied with the appearance of her implanted breasts.
In August, District Court Judge Wendy Strathdee said she wasn’t confident that Blackstock had paid the $200,000 to Ms. Turner.