Doctors warn of deadly risks of liposuction after procedure leaves woman, 45, ... trends now

Doctors warn of deadly risks of liposuction after procedure leaves woman, 45, ... trends now
Doctors warn of deadly risks of liposuction after procedure leaves woman, 45, ... trends now

Doctors warn of deadly risks of liposuction after procedure leaves woman, 45, ... trends now

Plastic surgeons have called for greater awareness of the risks of liposuction procedures, after a 45-year-old woman developed a life-threatening collapsed lung as a result of the operation.

The patient underwent the surgery last year to remove fat in her abdomen and back, and transfer some of it to her buttocks, for a 'fuller' look. 

However within 24-hours of the procedure, the woman began experiencing chest pain, extreme rapid breathing and a dangerously fast heart rate.

Scans showed her left lung had entirely collapsed, meaning air had escaped from the lung, filling the space outside it and wrecking its ability to breathe in oxygen. 

The doctors treating the patient, from Aseer Central Hospital in Saudi Arabia, commented that the exact cause of the problem was unknown, but it is possible that the lung was punctured by instruments used inside the upper body during the fat removal.

Scans showed her left lung had entirely collapsed, meaning air had escaped from the lung, filling the space outside it and wrecking its ability to breathe in oxygen

Scans showed her left lung had entirely collapsed, meaning air had escaped from the lung, filling the space outside it and wrecking its ability to breathe in oxygen

The doctors suggested the patient's lung may have been punctured by the cannula used during the fat removal

The doctors suggested the patient's lung may have been punctured by the cannula used during the fat removal

A chest X-ray of a patient with large pneumothorax with almost total right lung collapse (yellow arrow), a lung bleb - a small collection of air between the lung and outer surface of the lung - is also shown (red arrow) (stock image)

A chest X-ray of a patient with large pneumothorax with almost total right lung collapse (yellow arrow), a lung bleb - a small collection of air between the lung and outer surface of the lung - is also shown (red arrow) (stock image)

A collapsed lung, known medically as pneumothorax, is a known risk of liposuction surgery that disturbs the tissue in the upper abdomen. 

However the problem can occur 'spontaneously', for no obvious reason. 

Commenting on the case, the doctors urged other physicians to 'spread awareness' of this danger and 'engage more regulations' - adding that the mortality rate for liposuction procedures is higher than that of car crashes.

Some 19-20 people per 100,000 die from

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