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Monday, March 13, 2017

A Lesson Learned almost with my Life How a Great Doctor Cheats

If you think we should show the relevant authorities that such unscrupulous conducts should be punished, please sign the PETITION LETTER.


Dr. Goh Bee Tin 
People who have followed my blog and friends often asked me when I will be able to do more paintings after I stopped painting almost 4 years ago. I am still not sure when I am able to do it. I cannot sustain the physical demand of painting which requires long hours of working after a dental surgery 4 years ago. My left neck, down to my left shoulder and leg are in constant pain and I feel tired easily and need to rest often.

I have talked about the surgery in my blog before, but I never mentioned that to my opinion I was cheated into doing the surgery. All I was told by my doctor Dr. Goh Bee Tin from National Dental Center of Singapore (NDCS) was an ordinary tooth bone graft surgery. In the last minute, I was still googling whether I should go for "tooth bone graft" surgery which was very different from "sinus graft" or "sinus lift". I never realized that she secretly went into my sinus and inserted bone graft inside my sinus. If not that I developed severe reaction later due to my highly sensitive nose problem, I would never realized what she had done to me.

I complained to the relevant authorities about the unscrupulous conducts of Dr. Goh yet all of them maintained that there was no misconducts. The current director of NDCS Poon Choy Yoke even said that it was "entirely appropriate".

Before the whole thing was forgotten, I feel that I should at least record down my experience so that it was not wasted and it may serve some purposes as there were reasons such thing happened. It may also help general audiences there to identify any inappropriate behavior from their medical professionals or even serve as a good example in text book of how a senior doctor cheats.

The tactics used by Dr. Goh Bee Tin on my case includes but not limited to:

[1]. Refrain from revealing the real surgery name. It is obvious nowadays if you are given the right surgery name, you would know everything. Dr. Goh Bee Tin must knew very well about it and never told me that my surgery is simply called "Sinus Lift" or "Sinus Graft". She just told me that it was bone graft. She argued that she doesn't like to throw jargon at her patients.

[2]. Avoid drawing attention to where the surgery actually performed. Dr. Goh even forwent the  important and detail checking on my sinus and nose health status which is critical to the surgery. As she told me later in her email that she would make referrals of her patients with sneezing problem, yet my severe chronic sneezing problem was never brought up in any of  the discussions.  

[3]. Hide the surgery name. Finally when inevitable that I need to authorize the surgery, she tactically hid the surgery name with a string of long upper case internal surgical term. 

She used

 "MANDIBLE, ALVEOLAR DEFECT/DEFORMITY, COMPLEX ALVEOLOPLASTY - sinus lift" in the Authorization Form.  

"MANIDLE, ALVEOLAR..." blah blah  has nothing to do with the sinus lift surgery.  Did she get away just because she put the small "sinus lift" at the end?




[4]. Manipulate the consent form and signing process. If you look at the consent form, it's valid for 3 months and the 1st part of the 1st page should be filled by the patient or guardian, etc. 
1st Page of the Consent Form
However, Dr. Goh asked me to sign the consent form in the last minute just before the surgery and signed in a very private room only between me and her. Even more ridiculous she didn't show me the 1st page of the consent form. She only showed me a piece of paper with only words without any diagram such as:
2nd Page of the Consent Form
She secretly filled the 1st page all by herself and claimed that she explained the content to me. During the entire signing process she didn't utter one word except "you need to sign the consent form". There was no witness. She only said something "If you need to sneeze open your mouth" when we were walking out of the small room. I never saw the 1st page of the Consent Form. I only got a copy of it recently from court documents.

I developed severe reaction to the bone graft immediate after the surgery. It ruined my left ear and neck and gradually causing my back and left leg pain. I was not able even to read bed time stories to my young daughter for 2 years.

When I asked her to remove the bone graft, the most horrific thing was that she left majority of the bone graft still inside my sinus in a 2nd surgery and claiming she had removed 95% to 98%. It caused continuing unbearable pain and great confusion. Only after more than half a year later I was finally clear I had to go to do a 3rd surgery to remove the remaining graft. The fiasco caused permanent terrible damage to my health from a perfect healthy person.

If not of my young daughter I wonder if I could live till today.

I hope the whole episode serves some useful insight to us and entire society so that it would not go down to the drainage and be wasted.

If you think we should show the relevant authorities that such unscrupulous conducts should be punished, please sign the PETITION LETTER.


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