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Newsfront - April 7, 2006

Jury says surgeon must pay $51,600

Plastic surgery suit ends in favor of patient

by Jordan M. Doronila

A jury of six men and six women last week found a Danville plastic surgeon liable for inserting the wrong breast implants in his patient.

Brett Stompro, who has a practice in Blackhawk, must pay $51,600 in damages to Shannon Zien, a former swimsuit model who lives in San Ramon.

"Hopefully, I can get back to the old person who is outgoing and associates with nice people," Zien, 35, said. "I'm happy to move forward and leave this behind me."

"I'd love to educate people who want to get breast implants and what to look for in doctors," she added.

Her attorney Michael Treppa said that, in March 2002, Stompro tried inserting breast implants but when the procedure proved unsuccessful, he decided to use a different type that she had not OK'd.

Treppa said she underwent the surgery because she was having problems with her previous implants.

Zien said she had been convinced of Stompro's surgical ability in the beginning and requested a specific size. But as a result of the experience, Zien said she experienced psychological and emotional stress. She filed a civil lawsuit and spent four years dealing with the traumatic effects of the case, she said.

She also said her modeling career was ruined.

"It was a big letdown," she said. After the surgery, she said she was taking pain medications, dealing with digestive problems, and withdrawing from her friends.

"I thought I wasn't going to make it," she said. "It was a scary time in my life.

Everything spiraled downhill."

She said her family and God gave her strength to will herself through her struggles.

Despite the jury's decision, Stompro said Zien gave him consent to insert either set of implants. He said surgeons normally have available options during surgery. Stompro said that she filed suit because she was unhappy with the way she looked.

"People can claim anything when you are not happy," he said.

"I received a flood of calls from patients and doctors" in support of what he went through, he said.

Stompro said it's normal to spend two-and-a-half to four hours in a surgical procedure involving breast implants. He said the original implants she requested were too large.

"She woke up and wanted bigger implants," he said.

But Treppa said his claims were bogus.

"He still sticking with that story?" he asked. "The jury didn't believe his story. He didn't make it clear on what had to be done."

Treppa said if Stompra had expected to use alternative implants, he would have had them in the operating room but they were located in another room.

"He's trying to cover his tracks," he said.

Nonetheless, Stompro said he is going to appeal the court's decision.


Posted by ANNONYMOUS, a resident of Danville
on Sep 3, 2007 at 4:47 pm

I have had an extremely negative experience with breast implants and Dr. Stompro. Any one else out there please comment.
Perhaps we can help let other people know our stories.

Posted by Annonymous, a resident of Danville
on Sep 12, 2007 at 9:46 pm

I have heard nothing but great things about Dr. Stompro. As for the individual who sued him, well I've heard nothing but bad stories about her. So it is very hard for me to believe her story. She has avoided paying me for over 5 years now and comes up with every type of excuse. [Portion removed.]

Posted by Sincerely, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I only have nice things to say about Dr. Stompro. He gives excellent care and knows his job. I hate when other people have to resort to this.

Posted by A Stompro patient, a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2008 at 9:48 am

Dr. Stompro's wife had breast cancer, and because of that he's breast specialist. I had a breast aug from him about 6 years ago, and I've had no problems. Since my surgery, I've had many people approach me to ask if I've had a breast aug because of how natural they look, and have referred tons of business to him. Unfortunately, there are people out there who try to find loop holes to get everything free.

Posted by Aquaintenance of Ms. Zien, a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2008 at 3:35 pm

It is very hard for me to believe anything out of this woman's mouth. If I had been reading this article with anyone else's name in it, I might believe half of it, as I do not know Dr. Stompro personally. What I have heard about him has all been positive [portion removed.]

Posted by A Stompro Patient, a resident of Diablo
on Aug 12, 2008 at 9:53 am

Dr. Stompro is charismatic to meet with, but when you have surgery, and go through the entire process the initial meeting stands out as the best part. His follow-up and attention to detail really needs to be addressed. I would NEVER recommend him to anyone.

Posted by happy stompro patient, a resident of Danville
on Sep 29, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Dr. Stompro was my breast surgeon last year. He was amazing. Professional, sweet, and made me look amazing.

Posted by MMC, a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 21, 2009 at 7:56 pm

My breast aug from Dr. Stompro was horrible. I have complete numbness on both sides. I will never get the feeling back. I went in when I was 19 and he didnt give me the time of day, he was short and rude. I have had them re done since then and they are much better but, still numb. He is VERY over priced. I agree with you get what you pay for but, not with him. Good luck and I would pick a different surgeon. There are some amazing docs out there that dont charge outrageous prices and do an exceptional job.
M.M.C. R.N.

Posted by Calling Doctor Freud, a resident of Danville
on Jan 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

"I'm happy to move forward and leave this behind me." If he put 'em back there, then by all means I agree you have a case.

"Everything spiraled downhill." Welcome to middle age, darlin'.

Posted by a patient of dr. stompro, a resident of Alamo
on Feb 6, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Be careful! You won't be content with his half-hearted work.

Posted by Roosevelt Alumni, a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I had surgery three years ago from Dr.Stompro. I'm extremely happy with the results and with the professionalism and friendly mannerism of Dr. Stompro and his staff. He is an expert in his field and it is very unfortunate this patient has tried to tarnish his excellent reputation.

Posted by annonymous, a resident of Danville
on May 3, 2009 at 11:44 am

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Posted by Tracy, a resident of another community
on May 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

I have had Dr. Stompro do plastic surgery on me twice in the past 5 years. And because of his talent, compassion & integrity he's the only surgeon that I would ever use. I have recommended him to several friends and collegues. It's unfortunate about the lawsuit. But unfortunately we live in a sue happy society and these suits happen to exceptional doctors. Dr. Stompro is successful and talented in his field.

Posted by mz, a resident of another community
on May 27, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Dr Stompro did my breast aug in jan 2008. Prior to my surgery I did alot of research and had several consuls with different Doctors.I am so happy that I chose him to do my procedure.Dr Stompro and his staff are amazing. They went above and beyond my expectations. He has excellent patient care.I'm thrilled with my result.I have and will continue to recommend him to everyone.

Posted by anonymous, a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Dr. Stompro performed extensive plastic surgery on me. At the consultation he was great. His follow-up care was awful and I ended up in the hospital. I was quite ill for several years because of him.
His post-surgical staff where I had to spend the night were very cold. All they wanted to do was eat and watch TV. I would never, ever refer any one to Dr. Stompro.

Posted by danville resident, a resident of Danville
on Oct 2, 2009 at 9:33 am

I have also received some plastic surgery from Stompro. The follow-up care was horrible! He was never there - always saw his so called nurse. Once you pay, the rest seems to be your own problem! Bad, bad, bad. Do your research - try another doctor.

Posted by Letdown, a resident of Danville
on Oct 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm

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Posted by Confused Prospect, a resident of Danville
on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:32 am

I am so confused to why I have only heard really good things about Dr Stompro. And this is the only website I have found bad reviews on him. I just don't understand why the people who aren't happy with their surgery haven't posted reviews on popular doctor review websites, or even yelp or yahoo? There is a risk for any surgery, and I am just not sure whether some of the patients were that small percentage of having a complication?


Posted by Richard Hoofard, a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 12, 2010 at 8:54 am

People get over it, it seems to me that the ones that have had problems with their bodies it isn't the docs fault, its what you were born with. It doesn't matter who you go to you well never be satisfied.You need to be seeing a shrink not a surgeon.Don't blame him.

Posted by Teressa Dallas, a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 13, 2010 at 1:10 am

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Posted by M, a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

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on Jun 11, 2010 at 1:31 am

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on Jul 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

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on Feb 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

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on May 11, 2013 at 1:22 am

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on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

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