Why Do Some People Die After Plastic Surgery?
Lidvian Zelaya died after surgery at Strax.
Courtesy Aronfeld Trial Lawyers
This week's New Times cover story is an in-depth look at Strax Rejuvenation and Aesthetics Institute, a popular plastic surgery center in Lauderhill where four patients have died after operations in the past three years.
Strax officials say their mortality rate is in line with the national average, since their board-certified doctors have performed 90,000 procedures. They also point out that two of the deaths occurred hours or days after the operations. One patient died of a drug overdose nearly 12 hours after her surgery, and another died eight days after her operation, for unknown reasons.
How common is it for patients to die days after they leave a plastic surgery operating room, and why? A national study, published in 2008 in the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery sheds some light on these questions. The study's authors examined 1.1 million outpatient cosmetic surgery procedures,and found that 23 patients died (a rate of two deaths per 100,000 procedures). Many died several days after their operations, and their experiences were similar to the deaths of some patients at Strax.
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