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Liposuction Malpractice Injury Lawsuits

Liposuction Malpractice | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Malpractice: Injury, Invasive Surgery, Deaths | Plastic Surgery

Liposuction regardless of how long the surgery takes and whether done in combination with another procedure or not is among the most dangerous of plastic surgeries. A study done several years ago by two California plastic surgeons estimated that the death rate from liposuction was 1 in 5,000, a rate nearly 20 times higher than that of other forms of elective cosmetic surgery.

The majority of liposuction deaths stem from factors that may be compounded significantly when surgeries are done in office settings. Plummeting heart rates and blood pressure can be deadly when an office does not have emergency equipment nearby.

Liposuction is also particularly dangerous because the surgery requires doctors to suction out fat by repeatedly jabbing a suctioning device deep into a person's body which increases the risk of accidentally perforating vital organs. There is also a tendency for blood clot related problems to occur after liposuction with most patients going home shortly after surgery without a doctor to monitor them.

In Florida, a state that has been touted as a national example for its regulations on plastic surgery, the statistics clearly illustrate how risky these procedures can be. In less than two years at least eight people have died here, including a 72-year-old retired postal worker who saved for years to pay for liposuction.

The reason no one knows the extent of the problem is that no one is keeping a national tally of the deaths stemming from plastic surgery. A few states, among them Florida and California have begun to, but there are few other states with which to compare the results. In February, after three high-profile cases in which patients died after having combination tummy tuck and liposuction procedures, Florida decided to act again. It imposed a statewide emergency moratorium banning that double procedure from being performed in doctors' offices for 90 days while the board studied the safety of such operations.

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If you or a loved were injured during liposuction surgery, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified malpractice attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Residents Have Been Left Suffering, Disfigured And Even Dead After Surgical Procedures. South Florida residents have been left suffering, disfigured and even dead after surgical procedures have gone awry at the Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale. Boca Raton resident Melanie, who declined to give her last name, said she saved up her money to purchase $4,000 breast implants, and even took out a loan on her car. They told me, youll love it Melanie, everyone is happy...

Liposuction Danger Investigated

May 13, 1999 | BBC News
. A new study in the United States has suggested that liposuction, the cosmetic procedure which removes fat, may be fatal in some cases.Doctors in the United States have identified five people who died while undergoing the fat-removing procedure in New York city over a five-year period. Of the five people, three died from hypotension, or a serious decrease in blood pressure, and one from blood clotting. The cause of the fifth person's death was not released by the family. Though the doctors say...

Liposuction Blamed In Five Deaths

May 12, 1999 | CNN
A new study documenting five deaths from liposuction has raised questions about the safety of the elective surgery to reduce fat. Liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgery in the United States. The number of people undergoing the medical procedure has increased 216 percent since 1992. As the practice has increased, so have rumors of complications and deaths. Tammaria Cotton, 43, had snapshots taken right before she underwent liposuction. "She told me that she wanted me to take pictures of...

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