The death of hip hop star Kanye West's mother is renewing concerns about the dangers of plastic surgery. Donda West, 58, reportedly died Saturday from surgical complications after getting a tummy tuck and breast reduction.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez, Chief of Plastic Surgery at GBMC, says death from surgery is very rare. But when certain precautions aren't followed, it contributes to the following statistic. Every year, nearly 200 people die from complications of plastic surgery. Dr. Rodriguez says, "What makes plastic surgery safe is the actual screening of patients."
Dr. Rodriguez says the first step is to make sure you're healthy. Patients with heart conditions, and a history of blood clots are at risk for complications. Also be sure you're getting the surgery done at a fully accredited center. "These centers have to go through multiple steps, have the right anesthesiologist, equipment, and operating room environment to create a safe experience."
And make sure your surgeon is board certified to minimize any kind of risk that may arise from plastic surgery. The plastic surgeon who operated on
West says he did nothing wrong. Another surgeon claims he refused to operate on West because she was considered a health risk. An autopsy on West is scheduled for Wednesday.
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