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Cosmetic Surgery - No Killer Blood Clots to the Lungs Sans GA, PK Anesthesia Can Save the Day
Date:2/3/2009

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) Journal, the leading journal in the field, published the remarkable safety record of propofol ketamine (PK) anesthesia this month - no killer blood clots to the lungs (pulmonary embolism or PE) of the more than 4,000 patients over the past 16 years! This series included several hundred tummy-tuck patients.

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PRS published last year that PK's safety record contrasted sharply with general anesthesia (GA) for tummy tuck patients with 23 patient deaths over 5 years. Motionlessness associated with GA is a significant factor for lethal PE, according to The Doctors Company, a medical malpractice insurer founded by plastic surgeons. www.thedoctors.com/risk/specialty/anesthesiology/J4254.asp

Death from cosmetic surgery is never acceptable. www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/71223.php

Motionlessness from GA contributes to relaxation believed by many surgeons to be essential to perform a tummy tuck. Along with relaxation comes sludging of blood in the pelvic veins that contributes to the formation of potentially deadly blood clots.

Many other surgeons understand all that is needed to safely perform tummy tucks is adequate local anesthesia. However, injecting the local anesthesia is painful. Most patients do not want to hear, feel or remember their surgery - an experience they associate with GA.

Dr. Barry Friedberg developed the PK intravenous sedation technique to bridge the safety gap between purely local anesthesia (i.e. safest) and GA (i.e. highest, unnecessary and avoi
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