Calif. doctor loses license in sweaty-palm surgery cases

  1. tuesday, april 21, 2009 - a seal beach doctor, who is in prison for fraud and performing an unnecessary sweaty-palm surgery billed to an insurance company, has lost his medical license, effective this week.

    at the time of his arrest two years ago, authorities said dr. hampton and two other doctors performed unnecessary surgeries for sweaty palms, hemorrhoids or cysts on more than 1,000 healthy, insured patients. sweaty palm surgery involves cutting the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands and requires collapsing the lung.

    the arrests were part of a larger $150 million scam which was described as the largest insurance fraud prosecution in the country.
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/h...edical-surgery

    it's interesting that even though in prison, it took a further 2 years for his license to be revoked.

    what's up with all these california doctors? look at all the other orange county doctors with recent charges:

    - [color=#334499]o.c. doctor gives up license after plea in medi-cal fraud
    - doctor's license pulled for selling hospital supplies on ebay
    - doctor faces more discipline after report of groping woman in store
    - [color=#334499]mission viejo doctor faces discipline in heart attack death
    - [color=#334499]doctor on probation for attacking his psychiatrist
    - [color=#334499]laguna beach doctor with duis loses medical license
    - [color=#334499]hair transplant doctor loses medical license
    doctors accused of botching breast implant surgeries

    these articles can be accessed here:

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/r...atient-surgery
  2. Visit Anxious Patient profile page

    About Anxious Patient

    Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 1,101; Likes: 1,979
    housewife and mother; from US

    17 Comments

  3. by   StNeotser
    I hope Octomoms Dr is going to be facing some sort of ethics charges..............
  4. by   Vito Andolini
    Dear God in Heaven. This is just so totally unethical. How can man do this stuff to his fellow man?
  5. by   Sand_Dollar
    What I want to know is how SO many people got talked into doing this? Even if they got paid, are they NUTS!?
  6. by   rph3664
    Was it by any chance a Tenet facility? It was Tenet that didn't ask too many questions when those doctors in Redding, California were telling pretty much anyone over 40 who walked in the door that they needed emergency heart surgery, and nobody asked too many questions for a long, long time.
  7. by   Anxious Patient
    Quote from rph3664
    Was it by any chance a Tenet facility? It was Tenet that didn't ask too many questions when those doctors in Redding, California were telling pretty much anyone over 40 who walked in the door that they needed emergency heart surgery, and nobody asked too many questions for a long, long time.
    The surgeries took place at Unity Outpatient Surgery Center in Buena Park which the article says has been closed. $30 million insurance fraud just at this one facility. When you add up all the frauds:
    Health care fraud costs California more than $15 billion a year and results in each resident paying an extra $500 a year in higher taxes and health insurance premiums, according to the state insurance commission.
  8. by   porkfat
    I wonder why Octomom's doctor is getting away scot-free...
  9. by   Anxious Patient
    I'm sure Octomom's fertility doctor is being investigated. Some people are speculating that he may not have done anything illegal. And if he did, well, justice is really slow when it comes to doctors. The doctor in the OP still had his license for the first 2 years he was in jail.
  10. by   diane227
    Many years ago medicine and the law were considered ethical professions and neither would have ever considered any type of advertising. But I have observed that since physicians and attorneys have started to advertise, it seems that some of ethics of the professions have been lost. There is no longer any pride. It is just a business. It is sad because it is getting to the point that nothing physicians do any more surprises me.
  11. by   libnat
    i don't see why docs shouldn't be able to advertise purely cosmetic surgeries. breast enhancement, optional things such has that.
  12. by   VickyRN
    Money, money, money... has the ability to corrupt the ethics of so many.

    I always advise people considering surgery to get a second or third opinion. Many surgeries are unnecessary and the risks of going under the knife are great, especially with all the superbugs out there.
  13. by   CityKat
    Quote from Vito Andolini
    Dear God in Heaven. This is just so totally unethical. How can man do this stuff to his fellow man?
    Yes, it's hard to believe, but look what humans already do to animals. Where's the conscious in all of this? And people think it is crazy to believe in conspiracy theories with a buttload of facts behind most all of them.

    Yeh?!

    And what about the overmedicating or unnecessary medicating of patients? How come the pharma companies and doctors aren't being investigated for this? Money. Kickbacks. Greed.
  14. by   jm394
    I live in southern CA and used to see tons of billboards for sweaty-palm surgery as a kid. I always cracked up when I read them. I can't believe that people actually get their nerves cut to stop their hands from sweating. I mean, I guess if your job somehow depended on having dry hands. Lemme see: bomb-squad technician, basketball player, surgeon!, anyone else? Professional pull-up champion!

close