Woman Says Doctor Injured Her in a Demo

     SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (CN) – A doctor cost a woman 90 percent of the vision in one eye by using her to demonstrate an ultrasound facelift system at a plastic surgeons’ conference, then “blew her off” when she told him she couldn’t see, she claims in court.
     Lana Gleckman sued Dr. Corey Maas and Ulthera Inc., an Arizona corporation that makes and sells the ultrasound facelift system, on Dec. 9 in Marin County Court. She claims they cost her 90 percent of the vision in her right eye.
     Maas and Ulthera organized the California Society of Plastic Surgery’s Winter Symposium in Squaw Valley, held on the weekend of Feb. 27- March 1 this year, Gleckman says in the complaint.
     Gleckman says she agreed to “serve as the live model for the demonstration” at the request of Maas’ office manager “so that Maas and Ulthera could demonstrate to prospective customers how the Ulthera system worked.”
     “At the request of Maas’s office manager and Linda Lehman from Ulthera,” Gleckman says, she lay down on a chair and a technician, at the direction of Maas and Lehman, focused ultrasound energy from the device to her eyebrow, on and off, for about 20 minutes.
     “When the demonstration ended and Ms. Gleckman rose from the chair, she immediately realized that the vision in her right eye was blurred to the point that she could not see out of the eye,” she says in the complaint. “She immediately took this concern to Dr. Maas, who blew her off, telling her that it was just ‘gel’ in her eye. Likewise Linda Lehman denigrated the injury, calling Ms. Gleckman a drama queen.”
     She claims that Maas discouraged her from seeking medical attention, telling her to wait until a friend of his arrived at the conference, an ophthalmologist, who would examine her.
     So she waited until he arrived, the next morning, and he sent her straight to the emergency room, Gleckman says. There, she “was diagnosed with a traumatic cataract of the right eye, caused by the delivery of the ultrasound energy from the Ulthera System,” according to the complaint.
     “Mrs. Gleckman lost approximately 90 percent of her vision in that right eye and was required to undergo cataract surgery which has not completely restored the vision in the eye,” she says.
     She also claims that Maas and Ulthera concealed from her that the Ulthera machine they used on her “registered multiple fault codes at some point during the demo and ultimately locked itself because the fault was not corrected.”
     Gleckman says the section of California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act that forbids seeking damages for corrective medical treatment covered by a plaintiff’s insurance does not apply here because she “was not receiving professional services.”
     She seeks statutory and special damages for negligence and product liability.
     Ulthera, a Mesa, Ariz. -based corporation that was founded in 2004, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Monday evening.
     Mass’ attorney, David Lucchese of Galloway, Lucchese, Everson & Picchi of Walnut Creek, declined to comment.
     Maas is scheduled to deliver a talk on “indications and controversies” of energy-based devices at the California Society of Facial Plastic Surgery’s next symposium on Feb. 12, 2016, according to a conference agenda.
     Maas is also listed as a moderator for an “energy based workshop with live demonstrations” set to take place at the symposium on Feb. 14 in Lake Tahoe, indicating that similar demos may be conducted there.

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