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A Canadian bariatric surgeon who is facing criticism for using an unnecessary procedure on a man with a medical condition is facing more than $1 million in medical bills and other expenses.
A Toronto family doctor has been placed on paid leave after he refused to perform a bariatrics surgery on a 55-year-old man with type 1 diabetes, according to The Globe and Mail.
In December, Dr. Stephen J. DeCaro was charged with performing unnecessary procedures on a patient with the condition.
His licence was revoked in November for failing to adhere to the medical licensing process.
DeCaro has been on leave from the medical school he is a part of since January and has said he would no longer practice bariatric procedures, but will not say how much he owes.
The Canadian Bar Association has launched a review into DeCaros conduct.
He has since been suspended from practicing medicine.
Dr. David S. Farrar, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Ottawa, says he was unaware of the charges until Monday.
He said the procedure was performed by DeCarocs wife, but he said he did not see the surgery until the news of the lawsuit broke on Tuesday.
“He’s been in a lot of controversy recently.
People have said he’s overstepped his boundaries and should be fired,” Farrart said.
“He’s an excellent physician, he’s got an excellent reputation and the surgery was done in good faith.
He’s just going to have to pay.”
Dr. Stephen DeCarro, left, and his wife, Barbara, are facing charges of performing unnecessary surgeries on a 65-year old man with diabetes.
(CBC)Farrart says DeCarobos actions show that he “may be a little too cavalier about the ethical issues involved in the bariatric world.”
“It shows the extent to which they are willing to engage in unethical behavior when they have the authority to do so,” he said.
“It makes me think of the recent case where Dr. Kari Kaulska had an operation in the United States where they were not going to charge people, but when they were going to, the FDA took action and they had to file a civil suit.”
Farrar says in his experience, when a surgeon is accused of wrongdoing, there are often consequences for that doctor, but the Canadian Medical Association has not responded to a request for comment.
“They’re going to do whatever it takes to keep themselves and their family safe, so there are going to be consequences,” Fartar said.