State Medical Council has suspended the registration of a doctor for two years and debarred him from practising hair transplant surgery, after an incident of a patient losing an eye post hair transplantation.
Mr Tariq had undergone hair transplant operation at Dr Dr Ishratullah Khan’s clinic.
Soon after the surgery, Tariq developed life-threatening complications, which resulted in him being rushed to the hospital and, ultimately, the removal of his right eyeball.
In an order dated January 10, 2018, the Telangana State Medical Council found Dr Ishratullah Khan, who performed the hair transplant, guilty of negligence.
It revoked his registration for two years and barred him from ever performing a hair transplant until he acquires proper qualification and registers with the Council.
According to the website of Dr Khan’s Hair Transplant Centre, Dr Ishratullah’s qualifications are listed as “MBBS, FRCS, ISHRS (USA)”. While FRCS stands for Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, ISHRS is short for International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
However, the Council found that he only had an MBBS degree, and no postgraduate certification or the required certification to conduct hair transplant procedures.
Tariq tells TNM that he developed complications within 12 hours of the surgery, which he underwent on July 26, 2016. “I had swelling in my head and eyes. But Ishtratullah told me not to worry and that it would subside. But by night, I was unable to move, eat or even breathe properly,” he says.
Dr Gyaneshwar, a consultant plastic surgeon who attended Tariq’s case, tells TNM that they found him to be infected with ‘Necrotizing fasciitis’, which results in the destruction and death of the body’s soft tissue. “It had affected the skin muscles in his scalp, eye and eyelid. The muscles were dead and when he came, he was having difficulty breathing,” Dr Gyaneshwar recalls.
After an emergency tracheostomy to help him breathe, they tried to save his eyes. “Within a week though, they realised they would have to remove my right eye completely or risk the infection spreading to my left eye as well,” Tariq says.
Even after his right eyeball was removed, Tariq says he remained in the hospital for two months, half of which he spent in the ICU. Dr Gyaneshwar confirms that he underwent about 10 surgeries at the time.
Dr Gyaneshwar says that such an infection could have happened because of three reasons: post-operative complication, patient complication or incorrect sterilization of the equipment used. He elaborates on the second cause – it is possible that since Tariq was a diabetic, proper precautions were not taken to control his blood sugar before the surgery, leading to complications.
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