Michigan Doctor’s License Suspended For Illegally Performing Liposuction In Pole Barn

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A shocking case of negligence and lack of medical ethics has shaken Michigan. State authorities claim that Dr. Bradley Bastow performed liposuctions and other cosmetic procedures inside a pole barn, endangering the lives and well-being of his patients in the process.

The first reports of this illegal activity came to the fore in mid-April. A patient seeking the doctor’s services sought out his “clinic,” which in reality was an unfinished pole barn. However, the woman still chose to undergo the liposuction, which lasted for roughly 10 hours as her sister and mother looked on.

The fat removed during the surgery was apparently drained through a sink while Dr. Bastow stored some of it in plastic bags. During the liposuction, the woman began losing and regaining consciousness, which led her family to call for an ambulance. An extensive investigation of Dr. Bastow’s medical practices followed the incident.

On Tuesday, May 16, the state of Michigan suspended Dr. Bastow’s osteopathic license.

License Suspension

The investigation into Dr. Bastow and his medical practice uncovered that he was responsible for performing delicate procedures in an unsanitary environment, which endangered the life of his patients and also put the safety of the public at risk.

He was charged with several violations, including performing the procedure in the unsanitary pole barn, improper storage and disposal of medical wastes, using a mixture of expired and non-expired drugs on patients, improper dispensing of the medication, and taking the controlled substance Tramadol, which is a painkiller, for personal use.

“Our top priority is the health and safety of Michiganders, and the dangerous and deplorable conditions of Dr. Bastow’s facility warranted an immediate suspension of his medical license,” Shelly Edgerton, the Director of the state’s Licensing and Regualtory Affairs or LARA, said after the license suspension announcement.

According to the original complaint, Dr. Bastow was practicing in the unfinished pole barn in Glenn since 2015. Prior to this, he practiced in the South Haven area.

Previous Court Orders

A court previously ordered Dr. Bastow was previously to refrain from performing any activity other than construction on the barn’s premises till it was issued an occupancy certificate. On June 15, 2016, the court asked the doctor to bring the pole barn in compliance with a site plan, which needed approval from the township within a month.

However, Dr. Bastow blatantly disregarded the court’s decree and continued using the barn as his chamber for performing cosmetic procedures.

Allegan County Health officials advised Dr. Bastow’s former patients to be vigilant against any redness, swelling, or fever that they could experience post their last session with the doctor.

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