A cosmetic surgeon who admitted to taking a sedative and falling asleep while performing liposuction on a patient has had his medical registration cancelled by New South Wales health authorities.
The Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) found Dr Tony Tan guilty of professional misconduct for his actions at his clinic in Fairfield, in Sydney’s west.
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard that in July 2014, Dr Tan was performing liposuction on a patient’s neck when he gave himself the powerful drug Propofol.
He fell asleep for an hour, and when he awoke, he completed the operation.
Dr Tan told the HCCC it was the only time he took drugs while performing a procedure on a patient.
The Tribunal heard that several days after the incident, his brother-in-law found him unconscious at the clinic and he was rushed to Liverpool Hospital for treatment.
Hospital officials reported his Propofol use to medical authorities, and Dr Tan closed down his clinic and entered rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.
An HCCC investigation also found Dr Tan had written prescriptions for the painkiller Pethidine for two patients, but kept the drugs for himself.
Dr Tan was also reprimanded for performing a nose job on a 29-year-old woman, which the HCCC described as “significantly below the standard expected”.
The woman had asked Dr Tan for a minor change to the tip of her nose in February 2014, but complained to the HCCC that the operation dramatically changed her appearance, and made breathing and sleeping difficult.