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A woman who sued a Sydney cosmetic surgeon, claiming he carried out a procedure after performing her only medical consultation in a strip club, has spoken out online to say she wishes she had warned people about the doctor. Makeup artist and former stripper Melissa Demaj was working at Showgirls Bar 20 almost 13 years ago in Melbourne when she encountered Dr William Mooney in 2005, Fairfax Media has reported. Ms Demaj alleged she asked him if she should get a nose-job, which he endorsed. She said he gave her his business card and said he could perform the surgery himself. She alleged the strip club conversation was the only "consultation" she had prior the surgery in September, according to court documents. Dr Mooney claimed he did in fact hold a more in-depth medical consultation with Ms Demaj prior to the surgery at which he told her about potential risks, detailed in a defence he filed in the proceedings. However, Ms Demaj alleged that at no time did Dr Mooney inform her of the risks. Following the operation, Ms Demaj claimed she suffered skin discolouration, breathing difficulties, permanent swelling and the removal of too much of her nasal bridge, Fairfax reported. Posting on Facebook today, Ms Demaj claimed that the surgery had given her "extreme body dysmorphia and a drug addiction". "I spent years with PTSS and more time recovering," she wrote. Ms Demaj has since made a complete recovery from her suffering and her drug addiction and has gone on to build her own freelance make-up business, Melissa Helena. She said in her social media post that she had been under the impression she was not allowed to speak about her experience because of a confidentiality clause she had signed. "Apparently not, I wish I had … spoken out and saved others from the trauma he has inflicted," she said. Her claim of medical negligence against Dr Mooney was settled in 2012. More recently, Dr Mooney has had a number of conditions imposed on his practising certificate by the Medical Council of NSW. Among the conditions is one forbidding Dr Mooney from performing a number of sinus procedures. He has also been suspended from Strathfield Private Hospital pending a review following the death of one of his patients, Fairfax reported. Pouya Pouladian, 24, died on March 3 after suffering a major bleed two days after Dr Mooney performed an operation for sleep apnoea. Last December, Alex Taouil died from complications after sinus surgery performed by Dr Mooney. Dr Mooney has said that the deaths, while tragic, were not caused by a "complication in my procedures," and that Mr Taouil’s cause of death was unrelated to the surgery. 9news.com.au has contacted Dr Mooney for comment. Ms Demaj declined to speak further, but said it was important for people to "do their homework" when they were considering cosmetic surgery.
Hello, everyone! I have lodged a complaint against Dr William Mooney, an ENT and plastic surgeon in Bondi Junction, with HCCC. HCCC is useless. They could not do anything to help. I came to see dr Mooney in 2010 for the first time to consult him about my chronic sinusitis problem. I brought the X ray that my GP commissioned. Rather than advising me to use the simplest way first to address my problem, i.e. spray and antibiotics, he talked me into undergoing a FESS operation. In addition, thanks to my insecurity mainly of having a broad and protruding forehead, he talked me into taking a septo/rhinoplasty. No tests were done whatsoever, except a couple of rushed examinations to establish my condition, which I thought was the norm in that particular medical field (ENT and plastic surgery). Dr Mooney did not disclose the risk/probability of failures, either. Of course, the operation was not successful both medically and aesthetically. Then he performed the second one, which involved what he claimed to be revision septo/rhinoplasty (I had no clue what it meant then), but again no significant change was achieved. The third one then was performed after I expressed my discontent rather openly. No significant outcome was produced. Dr Mooney advised me to keep using sinus douche (what a surprise) to address my sinusitis, esp. the crusting.* When I saw my family who live overseas, some of them said my nose changed not in a good way. They said it was shorter at the base and was deviated. I communicated this with Dr Mooney. He said he was willing to do an aquamid injection to fix the shape, which I refused to do simply because I did not sign up for temporary procedures. The whole conundrum went on for approximately 3 years. Frustrated, I went to see Dr Richard Gallagher at St Vincent's Clinics to seek another recourse. I told Dr Gallagher everything. He commissioned all sorts of test from blood test to some kind of X ray scan. Dr Gallagher wondered whether I always had the crusting problem before I went through the treatment with Dr Mooney, which I conformed was the case and the reason why I went to Dr Mooney in the first place. He prescribed antibiotics (and it worked for a while). I also expressed my intention to lodge a complaint against Dr Mooney with HCCC to Dr Gallagher (later I found out from his staff that he was part of the Commission). To cut the long story short, HCCC responded that they could not take any disciplinary action towards Dr Mooney implying it was a 'he said, I said' case. When I went to Bangkok about a week ago, I decided to consult two well renowned Thai plastic surgeons and an ENT. Both surgeons agreed that my nose had lost its resistance (when you press the tip of your nose, it should bounce back), implying that something might have gone wrong in the surgeries Dr Mooney performed. The ENT stated that the crusting was not sinusitis, but a different condition (I forgot the medical term for it) caused by bacteria, which unfortunately could not entirely be cured except being managed with sulphur-based antibiotics. Whilst I realise legal procedures are generally costly and complicated, I was wondering if anyone was considering to lodge a legal action against Dr Mooney. How about a class action? Please share your thoughts. Cheers
I know I won’t be going to faceplus Medispa anytime soon and supporting this Doctor! Eastern suburbs cosmetic surgeon William Mooney, who boasts he performs “the highest number of nose jobs in Australia,” has to submit to random drug testing as part of the conditions placed on his medical registration, medical sources have confirmed. On Thursday Dr Mooney had to appear before a special hearing at the NSW Medical Council following revelations by Fairfax Media that two of his patients had died and that their deaths have been referred to the coroner. Surgeon Dr William Mooney. Under section 150 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act, the Medical Council can take immediate action to either suspend or impose restrictions on a NSW doctor’s registration to protect the public while a full investigation is undertaken by the Health Care Complaints Commission. Medical sources have confirmed that further restrictions have been placed on his registration on top of the current conditions which require the ear, nose and throat surgeon to undergo random drug testing. The commission confirmed that it has received “a number of complaints” regarding Dr Mooney. “These are currently being assessed in accordance with the commission’s standard processes and in consultation with the Medical Council of NSW,” said a spokesperson for the HCCC. Dr Mooney is currently being sued for medical negligence in a matter which is listed for mention in the District Court next week. Meanwhile, Dr Mooney has been suspended from Strathfield Private Hospital pending an external review of the death of his patient Pouya Pouladian. "The hospital is currently co-opertaing with the Coroner and NSW Health," said a spokesperson for the hospital. Following a request from the coroner, NSW police have spoken to the family of Mr Pouladian, an aspiring pilot who suffered a massive bleed two days after Dr Mooney performed a routine operation for sleep apnoea at Strathfield Private Hospital. The 24-year-old, who worked at two jobs to support his widowed mother and younger sister, had turned to crowd funding to help raise the $6000 he needed for the operation. More on the link https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/prominent-surgeon-william-mooney-the-subject-of-random-drug-testing-20180316-p4z4s4.html
Dr William Mooney, an eastern suburbs surgeon who claims on his website he performs “the highest number of nose jobs in Australia”, is currently the subject of a Medicare investigation into his billing practices. Surgeon Dr William Mooney. Fairfax Media has previously revealed that two patients of the prominent ENT [ear, nose and throat] surgeon have died in recent times. The death in December of Alex “Little Al” Taouil, 41, and that of Pouya Pouladian, 24, on March 3 have been referred to the coroner. Dr Mooney, who has denied any wrongdoing, said in a statement that he was “terribly sorry for Mr. Alex Taouil and Mr. Pouya Pouladian’s passing and the loss to their families. “Each was a tragedy. But contrary to what the SMH alleges, neither was caused by a complication in my procedure.” Medical sources have told Fairfax Media that Dr Mooney’s billing practices were flagged for investigation because of the number of Medicare items he was billing for his nose surgeries compared with others in the profession. Medicare or a private insurance company will foot most of the bill for health-related surgeries, for instance where the person has trouble breathing or has suffered a trauma. However, where patients elect to have surgery to correct the shape of their nose solely for aesthetic reasons, they cannot claim for that procedure. Cosmetic surgery has no Medicare item number and the patient has to foot the entire bill. Dr Mooney, who claims to be “Sydney’s Premiere Rhinoplasty Surgeon”, often appears on Channel Nine discussing the ins and outs of cosmetic surgery. Industry sources say that Dr Mooney’s Medicare billings attracted attention especially since his practice is largely cosmetic. “Dr Mooney’s extensive facial cosmetic skills has seen him transform the lives of many individuals, keeping in alignment with their own aesthetic while achieving stunning, subtle and natural looking results,” his website says. According to medical sources, without any prospect of Medicare or your private insurer paying, this can make the procedure very expensive and therefore less attractive to a patient. The Department of Human Services can direct a medical practitioner to repay the full amount of the incorrect Medicare benefits that were paid or in some instances recommend criminal proceedings for fraud-related offences. According to the register of practitioners, Dr Mooney has conditions attached to his registration. While the conditions imposed on a doctor’s registration are “to protect public safety”, says the NSW Medical Council on its website, in this instance the nature of Dr Mooney’s conditions “are not publically available due to privacy considerations”. A spokesperson for the council said: “Conditions 'which are not publically available' may relate to the practitioner's health or personal circumstances and are therefore confidential in the same way as health information is about any other member of the community.” Dr Mooney did not respond to a request for comment on the Medicare investigation. I’ll be honest. prior to undergoing rhinoplasty surgery I had a consult with two surgeons one gave me item numbers the other one didn’t. So I had no choice but go with the surgeon who provided me an item number in order for me to claim from Medicare/ Private health insurance. But I had a little functional airway disruption in my nose but a large percentage was purely aesthetics. i would caution surgeons who provide item numbers to patient who are wanting rhinoplasty for purely aesthetics reasons as you wouldn’t want to face Medicare as to please explain scenario. It it can lead you to paying back Medicare or criminal conviction not worth the risk surgeons.