Fla. office manager accused of performing surgery without license

Published On: Apr 30 2013 11:38:50 AM EDT
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Sarasota County Sheriff's officials say an office manager is accused of performing a surgical procedure on a patient's face at her brother's cosmetic surgery office.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports 44-year-old Christine Patterson was arrested this week and charged with practicing medicine without a license.

Authorities say a patient wen to Sarasota Surgical Arts for a follow-up visit with Dr. Alberico Sessa the day after surgery in April 2011.

The newspaper reports that Patterson examined the patient and re-wrapped the bandages. The next day, the patient returned with a swollen face. Patterson contacted Sessa, who was out of town. She decided to insert a drain and remove the excess fluid.

Officials say Patterson was released on bond and is prohibited from contact with any of Sessa's patients.

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