|The pain & disfigurement caused by Doctor David Gilbert's surgical negligence of my legs and groin area is permanent. I now have large ugly voids in my legs, and groin where my gracillis muscles were once located. As a result I'm in considerable physical, and emotional pain as a result of his less then skilled surgery that destroyed both of my leg gracillis muscles.|
To me Norfolk, Virginia is a place that started my living nightmare, and a place where I was injured by a doctor name David A. Gilbert, MD. My experience was so horrific that I spent the last three years of my life traumatized, and trying to mentally blocking out my injuries. I still have hard time grasping to the thought that my legs and groin are disfigured. Iím a victim of a horrifying medical experiment that has permanently destroyed my legs, and groin.
I went to this doctor for a simple labia reconstruction surgery, but instead found myself used for what I see now as a horrifing medical experiment, and possibly as a learning tool. I find myself now in constant pain, and at a loss in what to do to get my injuries corrected. Doctor Gilbert seems not to have a bit of concern for me, or wishes to help correct his botched surgery at all.
On November 8, 2002 I went to the hospital to have what I thought, and told was a simple labia reconstruction surgery performed by David A. Gilbert, M.D. of Norfolk Virginia for the purpose to improve appearance, bulk, and correct a small defect in my labia.
This should have been a simple problem to correct as the problem was small and very unnoticable except to me. The surgery did not correct my small problem at all, but instead intensified the defect tenfold creating the following major problems.
1. Constant chronic pain in my legs and groin.
2. Large voids and deformities in my legs also my groin where the removed gracillis muscle was once located.
3. Two four-inch in length surgical scars on both legs.
One vertical scar in the back of my legs behind the knee joint, the other scar is located horizontally halfway between the groin and the knee cap. Both scars have painful nerve damage.
4. Distorted labia appearance with large voids in my labia as a result of the removed gracillis muscle.
5. Lack of normal fullness with large voids in both legs as a result of the removed gracillis muscles along with nerve damage.
6. Reduced lateral leg movement as a result of the removed gracillis muscles, and nerve damage.
7. Unable to have sex without pain as a result of the groin pressure pain from the nerve damage.
8. Can not run, and do any sports without risk of injury from the destroyed gracillis muscle.
9. Knee problems do to the lack of my gracillis muscles being removed as this muscle is used to support my knees.
10. Random leg and groin spasms, and reduced blood flow as a result of nerve damage, and scar tissue.
11. Painful disfigured legs, and groin.
12. Walking bull legged because of the removed gracillis muscle, and groin injury.
13. Can not wear a swimsuit, or shorts without showing my Disfigured legs, and groin.
14. Can not wear any tight clothing around my legs from the nerve damage.
15. Burning feeling in my legs, and feet from the extreme nerve damage.
16. Forced to take pain pills as to sleep, or to fuction.
17. Costly medical expenses from my injury.
18. Extreme emotional distress.
19. Detroyed my sleep, and Concentration because of the extreme painful nerve damage.
20. Random extreme shooting groin pains that will put you to your knees.
I provided my list of complaints to Doctor Gilbert without any acknowledge of these issues. It seems he does not care about his patients, or willing to assist in correcting his botched surgery. My constant pain, and disfigurements caused by Doctor Gilbertís apparent Medical negligence has reduced my quality of life.
I use to model, and now I canít even wear a pair of shorts, or a swimsuit without revealing these disfiguring scars.
Iím forced to take daily doses of pain medication as to help me cope with the constant pain.
Prior to this surgery Doctor Gilbert led me to believe that this surgery was minor,and the muscle he will use was not needed and would not cause me any disfigurment, or leg problems
The great promise to improve my labia appearance was false, and appears a money making scam. My labia now has a distorted appearance because of the removed gracillis muscle, and I'm in constant pain at all times.
I feel like I was experimented on, and that this surgery was performed without concern for my care just to earn a profit.
Dr. Gilbert's Solicitation letter to me for this surgery. Maybe I'm naive, but I feel I was misled about this surgery. If I knew more about what a gracillis muscle was I would not have done this surgery. He turned a small problem into a large problem.
This doctor never gave me any details about the function of the muscle, or the facts about the surgery. What he did tell me is that the muscle was the size of a pensil, or dime, and that it does not have a function.
He said I would be very happy with the results, and the risks are low. The only risk is infection, or blood loss. I feel he scammed me for profit without any concern for my out come.
On August 2005 I gave Doctor Gilbert the opportunity to correct the problem he caused, and he wanted to do additional negligence
by removing my Thigh Muscles to fix the labia problem, and inject fat to fill in the voids in my legs. The other idea was to graft my upper and lower thigh muscles together, and inject fat into my groin.
"Another brain storm Gilbert Letter"
Upon questioning this procedure, and asking for medical records to get a second opinion he now refuses to correct his failed surgery, and will not provide me with any medical records, or photos. I finally received some of my medical records on March 31, 2006 after five requests starting October 7, 2005, and finally received my requested exam photos after over a year, and many, many requests.
Let this be a warning to all who may wish surgery by this physician. If I knew what I know now I would not have had this surgery.
I canít even wear a pair of shorts or a swimsuit without revealing this distorted groin scar lines, and disfiguring voids in my legs.
Thanks doctor for destroying my life, destroying my legs, gracillis muscles, and groin.
I now would not even trust this doctor to mow my lawn.
I feel this doctor lied to me.
Photos of my leg disfigurement & surgery
The surgical procedure was not properly explained to me by Doctor Gilbert. Prior to the surgery Doctor Gilbert convinced me that the surgery was routine, and that he has performed this on other patents with great success. He explained that the gracillis muscle was a non necessary muscle in my legs the size of a pencil, and dime which does not affect leg function, or appearance. He placed this muscle in a coil under the skin of my labia to build bulk. The results were completely the opposite from the intent. I feel that this doctor misrepresented himself using deception for the gain of profit to convince me to proceed with this surgery.
I now find that this muscle is used for lateral leg movement, leg fullness, and beauty. The muscle is natureís barrier protection for the groin, and keeps the legs together. Without this muscle you will have a void in the groin/legs, distortion to the buttock, and in my case including distortion to the labia. The medical dictionary defines this muscle as ďA abductor muscle with origin in the ramus of the pubis, with insertion to the shaft of the tibia, with nerve supply from the obturator nerve, and whose action adducts the thigh, flexes the knee, and rotates the leg medially.
I recently learned from Doctor Gilbert that during surgery he cut the nerve supply to this muscle, and did not reattach it. When a nerve is cut from a muscle it will not flex, or function. As a result the muscle will shrivel up, and disappear. The cut nerve will grow into a ball at the end of the cut, forming a nerve scar or neuroma. A neuroma is what is causing me pain and causing an electrical feeling when pressure is applied to this area. Cutting this nerve has caused the muscle to shrivel up, and disappear from lack of use. An MRI was done proving this result.
The idea of using this muscle for this purpose is crazy. The muscle is crammed in a coil in my groin, and is turning into shrived scar tissue that is strangling around blood vessels, and nerves. This doctor turned my small barley seen problem into a large disfiguring, and painful problem. I have not yet found any other doctor that has used this muscle for this purpose, or would even consider doing this to anyone. The muscle has been used in extreme accident cases to repair dysfunctional main muscles such as in the arm. This doctor used this muscle for experimental reasons leaving me with disfigured legs, and groin.
Example Surgery Photo
You can clearly see that this muscle is larger than a dime, or pencil.
This doctor used this muscle for a crazy labia reconstruction surgery destroying my legs, and causing painful injures to my groin. The nerve used to keep this muscle active, and alive was cut and never reattached. The muscle is now shriveled scar tissue placing pressure on nerves, and veins.
This surgery was the most painful surgery I have ever experienced. Prior to the surgery Doctor Gilbert convinced me that this was minor routine surgery. I learned after the surgery that this was a major surgery. I did not receive any pain medication for several hours, because the doctor was not available. The nurse said he did not request any pain medication on my chart. I had over eight hours of pain before I received some morphine. During my four-day hospital stay Doctor Gilbert never visited me, but instead sent some floor doctor on the third day. I drove to the hospital for this surgery, and had a tuff time driving myself home after being released which was a 16-hour out of state drive home.
He never explained that this surgery was major otherwise I would have not done this surgery, and would have not driven to the hospital. I believe I was butchered for profit with out concern for my safety, or outcome. This surgery has destroyed my legs, and groin. The coiled gracillis muscle in my groin does not have a nerve attached, and the blood supply is cut off from being kinked. The surgical recklessness that was done created permanent irreversible damage to my legs, and groin. I now find It appears I was experimented on, and the experiment had failed.
Doctor Gilbert solicited this surgery to me, and I feel he used deception to convince me to proceed with this surgery. I was not aware this surgery was major until a nurse told me after the surgery was over. This surgery was so traumatic that I have been mentally blocking this out. After three years I have finally came to grips with the reality of my injuries. What a mistake to have trusted this doctor. It wasnít until I did some research on gracillis muscles, and visited other surgeons before I learn what Doctor Gilbert did to me. This experience has been horrifying, and I would have never had let this Doctor touch me if I knew, or had an understanding of what he was going to do to me. I feel I have been scammed! I can not find any doctor to correct these injuries, because they may think Iím a victim of malpractice, and they are afraid to touch me. My injuries are very extensive and can not be reversed.
If anyone has a suggestion on what I should do to correct my problems, please email me. Thank you!