This blog contains the thoughts of a real patient and her experience with this physician. I have linked the doctors website, after reviewing this blog visit the doctors website and make your own decision.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

No Lawsuit will EVER come of my Medical Battery encounter with Dr. Robert Cohen

However, when you are seeking out your plastic surgeon look past the good looking doctor with adoring baby face and smile because he may not be as adoring to you once you let him operate.

Just be mindful that although he thoroughly promotes Board Certification as a means to patients being comforted that their physician is of the best caliber and he knows his CV credentials backwards and forwards, these items do make him the best. This does makes him a man who is good at marketing himself, his profession and is money and power driven, which is self evident when you experience his sells pitch.

I am not saying this doctor doesn't have skills and/or talent because he does but I personally believe when we make mystakes we own them. We should apologize and seek forgiveness from those we've harmed/wronged, try to make things right if possible, but if not, sometimes just taking responsibility for that which we did to contribute to their harm eventually will allow them to grieve, heal and move on.

But he is so consumed with fear of legal reprisal that I doubt he would ever contemplate doing the right thing!!!!! Although, we are in 2012, I'm Sorry Still Goes a long way with some of us old school thinkers!!!

Medical Battery Committed by Dr. Robert Cohen, MD, F.A.C.S. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon - Board Certified NOT Always A Deterent for Poor Service

Nipples are a sensitive part of a woman’s body, when Dr. Robert Cohen performed my bilateral breast reduction, he never counseled me that he would be "trimming" a portion of my areolas down. He did discuss with me that the incision he would use would encircle my areolas and then lead downward toward my abdomen, so he could trim away the unwanted and unsightly excess breast tissue skin (not areolas) in order to reshape my mammary mounds.

However, I was astonished to learn my areolas had been trimmed down. I was of the thought process that the only thing he would be doing as far as my areola's were concerned, was to trim away the excess fatty breast tissue and skin. That the only reason for the incisions around the areola's was to access the skin areas underneath and around them and to place them in their new areas on the breast for symmetry, so I did not give it any other thought until I reviewed my medical records which I needed and wanted for personal reasons.

I never consented to this procedure prior to surgery. We never discussed it. I was not aware that this was part of the breast reduction process and I've learned sense that it is NOT actually part of it, it can be done during the procedure IF requested and does alleviate the patient wanting it done, not to have to undergo a separate surgical procedure to take care of this for her. But what if you didn't want it? Or, never thought about it before? Dr. Cohen made this unilateral decision for me of his own accord, while in the course of operating on me while I was unconscious and unable to consent, based on his opinion alone of what looked best even though there was no medically therapeutic necessity to do so.

I wish he would have consulted me so I would have had the opportunity to discuss how much areola tissue he was contemplating removing, to provide me the option to decline, as I had no issues with my areola's or nipples prior to surgery and they play a huge role in my sexual pleasure, so I most likely would have weighed that option very carefully before agreeing or not. This was a risk not worth taking! As I've had problems you can see by this blog with both breasts areola's and nipples from this surgery, which I attribute to my lack of informed consent for a procedure added to my surgery by Dr. Cohen, which has gone horribly wrong.

He only said he would cut around them (not cut them down) to access the other part of my breast tissue and he assured me that they would not be detached from the underlying tissue, to try to preserve the nerve endings. However, there would always be a risk that I could lose sensation or lose sensitivity to the nipples. So, I thought that was the risk in regards to my areola's and nipples during the surgery that I was undertaking.

As an "A" personality individual had Dr. Cohen advised me of this "trimming" of my areola's I would have delved into the amount of trimming, what size would he be aiming to maintain, would or could this have caused me any issues with my areola's or nipples, in other words, could I end up with developing any other complications not so far discussed by him doing this additional procedure?

But for his lack of discussing this with me and providing me the opportunity to decide the full impact of the risk I was willing to undertake he essentially committed medical battery on me. I suffer every day from his lack of remorse and care as to my end result of hypersensitivity pain that still exists today. I thought I had investigated this procedure thoroughly but when surgeons take it into their own hands to add unknown to the patient procedures while the patient is unconscious, there was no way for me to consent or investigate this prior to.

Make sure you discuss ALL facets of your impending operation with your surgeon because if you don't you will end up with the breasts he may like but you have to live with and don't like as much as he does. And, reiterate for the surgeon you do not consent to him adding any further elective procedures not discussed with you prior to you being anesthetized.

Informed Consent is critical when being cut into don't allow Dr. Robert Cohen to commit Medical Battery on you as you did on me...Take Charge Ladies!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My post on 11/26/11 AVVO re: Dr Cohens Aftercare Service

Dr. Cohen is NOT the best plastic surgeon in arizona! I sought his care for a bilateral breast reduction in 2009. I reviewed his website, looked up his credentials and I was impressed as everything appeared to be wonderful. But his salesmanship (bedside) manner sold me on him ultimately. However, his staff are not medically trained other than by his direction and he is very hard to speak with during aftercare. I did not receive the look I wanted; I ended up with contraction scarring and intense hypersensitivity to both of my breasts nipples. It's been 2 years and no relief. Oh yeah, he is very aware of the 2 yr statute of limitations in Arizona, to sue him so he pushes you off that long to wait to see if "things change".
He is absolutely horrible when there is a problem, he will put you off and the staff will never get you back in to see him. He reminds me of a sleezy salesman but in this instance when you buy a lemon you have to live with it. In my case that lemon came with lifelong PAIN. And, this surgeon holds himself out to be a specialist on BREAST! Note it was my PCP who diagnosed my contraction scar as Dr. Cohen couldn't even figure out what the indentation under my right breast was scary - huh??? http://drrobertcohenazcomplaints.com

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Dr Robert Cohen MD, a Scottsdale AZ Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, the Director and owner of The Scottsdale Center for Plastic Surgery and cohenbreastsurgery.com had only been in business from 2005, he's young, very nice looking and has a great bedside manner and highly intelligent. However, he is also cocky and dominates the conversation.

Although skilled he does not like to admit to making mistakes, at least not in my case. I had a bilateral breast reduction in 2009, at that time Dr. Cohen had only been in business for 5 years - that should have been a clue to me, but I admit I was impressed with his formal educational credentials, so much so, I delved into his credentials to verify he actually earned what he said he did, as I was considering letting this young man cut into my body in a major way. I felt it my right, duty and obligation as a patient and consumer to learn as much as I could about his skills and training before making my final determination.

But no amount of research I did could prepare me for my after care and end result. I have a fairly large dent underneath my right breast, I communicated this to my physician to my chagrin I felt dismissed and that I was being an annoyance to him for having an issue with his work - how dare I!

I also had issues that were not discussed in any literature I read prior to the surgery, nor did Dr. Cohen go over this with me. I am talking about super hypersensitivity. I have to admit I was aware of loosing nipple sensitivity and I was willing to take that risk, but I had no knowledge of the hypersensitivity condition that is horrible to say the least.

Clothing and/or air touching my nipples are extremely difficult, but what is worse is that time of the month when your breast are normally sensitive and/or being intimate, both are embarrassing and traumatic experiences now. Don't get me wrong, I love the fact that I have smaller breasts and the physical comfort and alleviation of physical symptoms they have brought to my life, but I would not have made the same decision, had I been better informed. And, If I knew I would get the result the doctor liked instead of what I preferred. In consultations, he professes he will provide you the result you want but in reality you get the type of breast this man likes - no other!

I believe doctors,surgeons especially should provide their patients all the information needed for a patient to give full consent, the good, the bad and the ugly, even if it means the patient declines to have the procedure.