Medical Practitioners Are Performing Plastic Surgery Outside Their Scope of Practice Causing Terrible injuries
Dentists, gynecologists, technicians and medical spas are increasingly performing medical procedures without adequately trained surgeons or proper training in administering anesthesia. Furthermore, they are not required to maintain proficiency in basic cardiac life support (BCLS) or advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS), which means that these offices are not equipped to handle emergency situations. One might have a better chance at surviving a cardiac arrest in an airport where a defibrillator is available than in these practitioners' offices.
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While many procedures are performed in these setting without problems, the reason why surgeons undergo training for many years is to prepare for the unexpected. The surgeon's knowledge of what to do when complications arise, be it intraoperative, in the recovery room or in the postoperative period, should be the patient's greatest concern.
Trained Anesthesia Doctors and Nurses Cannot Treat in these Facilities
Plastic surgeons are required by the American Society of Plastic Surgery to operate in accredited facilities. Dangerous complications and deaths are arising in unaccredited facilities with untrained employees performing office (or even spa) procedures. Anesthesia providers also will not practice in these unaccredited facilities, so the only means of administering anesthesia is to locally inject it.
Lidocaine Toxicity Deaths
Lidocaine toxicity is a dominant factor contributing to deaths among liposuction patients. Lower surgeon competency means longer procedure time. The longer the procedure time, the more Lidocaine is used. Peak blood levels of lidocaine occur approximately 10 hours after injection, so the danger is only beginning when the patient leaves the office.
PureLipo, SmartLipo, Lifestyle Lift, Quicklift: These are names of marketed procedures.
Theses surgeries are no different from well-recognized techniques, other than the fact that the person doing the procedure may not be trained in any surgical specialty, nor board certified in any surgical or medical specialty.
As a Recent USA TODAY article highlighted PureLipo was "developed" by a man in Florida trained in general surgery, but unable to pass his general surgery boards. He has had many lawsuits against him, including claims for deaths in his unaccredited clinic practice. He has even profited from "training" many non surgeons including occupational health, OB/GYN, radiologists, dermatologists, emergency room physicians, general practitioners and even dentists.
So-called laser liposuctions have resulted in many cases of second and third degree burns as well as cases with little or no results. The reason is simple — improperly trained operators tend to be either too tentative and get no results or too aggressive and get disastrous results.
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