Saturday, June 15, 2013

Health D-G: Be fully informed before undergoing cosmetic surgery

 The Star Online
PETALING JAYA: Those going for cosmetic procedures must be fully informed about the risks and benefits involved, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said aesthetic surgeries had li­mitations and possible complications.
He added that aesthetic surgical procedures required general anaesthesia, invasive entrance and mani­pulation of the body – and occasionally there could be problems related to fluid overload, low blood pressure, blood clots and drug interactions.
On Saturday, Jane Lim Mei Jiuan, 46, underwent a breast enlargement cosmetic surgery here but died alle­gedly due to complications.
Dr Noor Hisham said before proceeding with an aesthetic proce­­dure or surgery, patients should know the procedure involved, where it would be performed and who was the doctor performing the surgery.
Customers must also know what results could be reasonably expected from the procedure and its possible risks.
He added that the ministry had not received any report from the family members relating to Lim’s death.
“I have asked my officer in the Medical Practice Division to investigate this. Until I have a full report, I cannot make a statement,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said the ministry received few reports on botched cases – three complaints this year and one last year, which were captured from the media.
All the cases involved women, ages 20 to 40, and they suffered complications from liposuction and cosmetic surgeries, he added.
Two cases which resulted in deaths were received in 2004 and 2009 involving ethical issue and breach of Code of Professional Conduct, he said.
MCA Public Services and Com­plaints Department Datuk Seri Michael Chong said he received 11 complaints last year and two this year.
The cases involved liposuction complications, laser burns, facial or body scarring or allergic reactions, he added.

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