Bill Would Limit Some Surgical Procedures

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. May 9, 2013

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Legislation being considered by New Jersey lawmakers would restrict the facilities where some of the most popular cosmetic surgeries can be done.

The bill would require that liposuction, tummy tucks, and breast implants be done only at accredited medical facilities and no longer be allowed at doctors’ offices.

Dr. Robert Paull with the Dermatological Society of New Jersey opposes the measure.  He says small liposuction procedures that are done with local anesthesia would require general anesthesia if they had to be done in a hospital.

 “You have the added risk of general anesthesia which is not insignificant.”

Dr. Gary Smotrich is a plastic surgeon in Lawrenceville. He says significant harm can occur when the procedures are performed in an unaccredited setting.

“The only reason that local anesthesia is being used is that these practitioners are not qualified to perform these operations in a setting in which appropriate anesthesia can be delivered.”

Dr. David Abramson, the president-elect of the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons, says limiting the procedures to accredited facilities is a matter of safety.

 “Having the patient be alive or not have any major issue due to unforeseen complications that could have been avoided by having the procedure done in an accredited or licensed facility far outweighs the potential savings that could be achieved by having it performed in a cheaper not up to standard operating room.”

Supporters of the legislation say it’s better to have those procedures done at facilities where there are more staff and equipment in case something goes wrong.


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