Evidently, he was on 60 Minutes last October, The Greatest Loss, and said there was no way he could lose his license to practice medicine, even though he'd had six patients die within a year of his particular form of WLS (a drastic one that no one else in Australia will do because it's just too dangerous), even though he tells prospective patients that the risk of dying is 1 in 200, when it's actually 1 in 20. Oh yeah, and if the surgery doesn't work for you, and kills you or you have life-threatening complications, it's your fault because you didn't follow his instructions to the letter.
Well, he was spectacularly wrong about that loss of license to practice medicine (and it's too damned bad all his "practice" didn't teach him anything) - he surrendered his medical license, and has been under investigation by the Medical Board of Queensland surrounding his performing an especially extensive bariatric procedure, the bilio-pancreatic diversion.
I'm sorry, but I can't come up with enough nasty expletives to call this sorry sack of shit who thinks he's a doctor. According to him:
He blamed the deaths on the failure of medical staff and on the patients, themselves. The Medical Board of Queensland had placed seven conditions on Dr. Broadbent on August 29, 2007. One restricted him to perform the BPD procedure only at hospitals with a nutritionist or dietitian on staff, which he told the paper was “a total waste of time.” He added:
Any amount of planning will not prevent the rogue patients from doing what they want to do... and two of these people who died were rogue patients who just would not follow instructions. In the first year after surgery all these people are at risk because they still have all their original co-morbidities (related conditions)... There's only one thing we guarantee with this operation — if they don't do what I ask them they'll end up in trouble. The rest is up to them...
It's lifesaving surgery, it's life-extending surgery that can save the community millions. Bear in mind these aren't well people — you see them waddling down the street.
Lifesaving surgery?! WTF?! What part of 1 in 20 dead from this operation makes it lifesaving? If those people who died from this "lifesaving" surgery hadn't had it, they'd still be alive, you fucking dipshit!!!!! That doesn't sound like lifesaving to me.
You know what the scariest part of this whole thing is? This BPD surgery isn't covered by insurance in Australia, but it's covered by insurance in the good old USA. Hey, since you fatty mcfatties aren't dying fast enough or soon enough from being fat, we'll kill you off by using all kinds of dangerous surgeries trying to make you thin. But really folks, we're not trying to kill you, we're just trying to improve your health, because all that unsightly lard you're carrying around is going to kill you within the next 5 years if you don't do something NOW. Yeah, right, I believe you, you just have my best interests at heart (as long as it benefits your pocketbook, you could give a rat's ass about my health).
Can you tell I'm highly pissed by this? I am so goddamned sick and tired of this bullshit, I could scream. Ya know what, I think I know how to put an end to this "WLS is the greatest cure for fat" bullshit. ANY doctor who wants to do this surgery on fat people has to undergo it himself if his BMI is 35+. How many of them would have enough confidence in any kind of WLS to undergo it themselves? How many of them would be willing to deal with any/all of the complications? How many of them would blame themselves if the surgery didn't work for them even if they did everything they tell their patients to do after having WLS? How many? Not very many at all, I'd bet.