Lawmakers in Florida are trying ban performance of liposuction procedures in unregulated outpatient offices due to alarming counts of patient fatality in the state. Surgeons operating in such facilities are able to get away with it by using a certain pain killer that mimics the effects of anesthesia when supplied at toxic amounts. Now, too many people have died because of it.
Senator Eleanor Sobel are pushing patients to do their part and inspect their doctor’s credentials as a lot of physicians who don’t have advanced knowledge and training in plastic surgery do this kind of work.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr Abraham Marcadis of the Tampa area elaborates that these doctors don’t have an operating room and other facilities to control pain effectively, and using pain killers as a substitute is highly unsafe.
Sobel proposes that doctors be required to register with the state and go through an inspection process if patient fat removal exceeds two pounds.
Until something happens, no one knows what anyone else is doing. This is why Dr Marcadis recommends looking for a doctor who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery — not just by any board.
FOX13′s medical reporter Dr Joette Giovinco believes the bill will make an impact as it would shut doors for some unauthorized facilities from carrying out compromised procedures.
The bill passed in the Senate last Thursday, March 8, and awaiting movement in the House.