You wouldn’t go to a podiatrist to get your wisdom teeth removed. You wouldn’t go to a dermatologist for a pinched sciatic nerve. It’s only logical to go to a specialist for his or her speciality, which is why it was so surprising to hear about a recent incident in Canada where a woman went to a general practitioner for liposuction, and consequently lost her life.
Last month, a 37-year-old real estate agent visited a family practice for her chosen procedure. Shortly after the surgery, she went into cardiac arrest and died. Although the death is being investigated, Canada is apparently lenient about general practitioners performing cosmetic surgery, despite board-certified plastic surgeons being required to stick to very strict rules. These rules, however, have proven to create a far safer surgical system because board-certified plastic surgeons are fully trained to deal with any potential complications.
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