Cosmetic Surgery Expert Responding to the Death of Donda West, the Mother of Kanye West

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Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown, Cincinnati, Ohio's top cosmetic surgeon was interviewed on ABC affiliate, Channel 9 TV news regarding the safety of cosmetic surgery.

Rapper Kanye West's Mother's unexpected death following breast lift and tummy tuck surgery has sent shock waves through the cosmetic surgery world. According to Dr. Mandell-Brown, "We should not make speculative judgment about Dr. Jan Adams' treatment of Donda West. It is not fair when a catastrophic event like this occurs to point the finger without knowing all the facts," he added.

However, cosmetic surgery leading to a fatal outcome is extremely rare. The two leading causes of death after any lengthy surgery are leg blood clots traveling to the lung (pulmonary embolism) and sudden heart attack.    The following are Dr. Mandell-Brown's top ten factors for safe surgery:

1.    Outpatient surgery should be performed in less than 6 hours. For those procedures requiring more than 6 hours, the patient should be admitted to a health care facility for observation.
2.    Surgery should be performed at a AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) facility. The surgery facility should also be state licensed.
3.    Only a licensed anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist should administer anesthetic.
4.    To decrease risks of a blood clot the facility should use leg compression during surgery.
5.    Post-operatively the patient should wear support stockings to decrease blood clot formation.
6.    For high-risk patients (history of smoking, use of birth control pills, or family history), oral blood thinners or subcutaneous heparin help decrease blood clots.
7.    An independent physician should perform a pre-operative history and physical should for surgical clearance.
8.    Appropriate lab work and EKG testing should be done pre-operatively.
9.    Ask if your cosmetic surgeon is board certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. This is the only board that specifically certifies cosmetic surgeons.
10.    Do not go by reputation alone. Check malpractice records, and County and State Medical Societies.

About - is the site of the skilled Dr. Mandell-Brown. His plastic surgery expertise has been well serving people throughout the MidWest.


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