Did you know that the doctor who performed cosmetic surgery on Donda West nearly had his medical license revoked by the California Medical Board after sustaining multiple DUI’s? Did you know he wasn’t even certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
TMZ did! And odds are, so did Donda West.
Not surprisingly, the surgeon (who, as we now know, is no stranger to brushes with the law) is denying any/all wrongdoing. [Stereohyped]
[Image via TMZ]
It’s a tragedy that Donda died like this. However, remember she was a VERY intelligent lady. However, the first surgeon Donda checked out declined to do the multiple operations (breast reduction/tummy tuck) due to his fear that she might die of a heart attack. He referred her to another internist, whom she NEVER bothered to see.
Just like Kanye — Donda was very stubborn it seems. She decided to go AGAINST her other doctor’s advice — and THIS is what happened. Again, I feel bad that Donda’s gone. She was a very amazing woman. But, people need to realize that being ALIVE is definitely better than being and THIN.
Posted: Nov 13, 2007 at 5:48 pm
… I meant to say it’s better to be ALIVE and chubby, than thin and DEAD.
Posted: Nov 13, 2007 at 5:49 pm
I agree with Maldoror.
Posted: Nov 13, 2007 at 7:59 pm
I’m withholding my judgment of this man until AFTER the autopsy report is revealed. It is EXTREMELY common for a doctor to have malpractice suits lodged against him/her. That’s why doctors pay so much for insurance, because it’s nearly guaranteed that at some point in their career, they will get sued. So, I don’t make the automatic conclusion that because he has a few cases against him, that this means he killed Donda West.
It’s tragic that she didn’t listen to the advice of the other surgeon, but blame games will not bring her back. Sad to think that she died for vanity.
Posted: Nov 13, 2007 at 9:50 pm
peter sandor, batesasia says:
I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes… or mine either for that matter
Posted: Nov 14, 2007 at 6:09 am
This guy has his own Plastic Surgery show on the Discovery Health Channel. I think it’s is called Sugery:Before and After. So he has a show and he’s not even certified? That’s crazy. I too need to get more details before I settle on a viwpoint on this issue. I do know that however she passed, her being gone is a tragedy and is very saddening.
Posted: Nov 14, 2007 at 7:34 am
Death From Cosmetic Surgery Is Never Acceptable
Olivia Goldsmith, author of ‘The First Wives’ Club,’ died having cosmetic surgery. Recently, Donde West died following cosmetic surgery. These, as well as virtually every reported death from cosmetic surgery, were probably avoidable.
With a 446% increase in cosmetic procedures since 1997, Friedberg’s Anesthesia in Cosmetic Surgery from Cambridge University Press is a timely arrival.
Although the book is primarily designed for the profession, the public needs an awareness of a safer alternative to commonly employed anesthesia for cosmetic surgery. Much like the days before fathers were permitted to observe the birth of their children, the public needs to be empowered to ask for safer anesthesia!
On August 1, 2001, www.drfriedberg.com was launched as a non-commercial patient oriented web site to empower patients to know there were anesthesia options and to ask for them! Anesthesia in Cosmetic Surgery is the next step in this empowerment.
All cosmetic surgery takes place on the superficial layers (’the wrapper’) of the body.
As such, all cosmetic surgery must be considered minimally invasive, despite the length of the surgery or the extent of the dissection.
Minimally invasive anesthesia (MIA)?? is only logical for minimally invasive surgery. Growing numbers of anesthesiologists are beginning to share this view but more need to be asked to provide it for cosmetic surgery. Only the general public can provide this force for change.
Fundamental to the administration of MIA is the use of a level of consciousness monitor like the bispectral index (BIS). Approved for this use in 1996 by the FDA, universal use of BIS has not yet occurred.
Prior to BIS monitoring, anesthesiologists were obliged to guess at the correct dosage and, for fear of under-medicating, routinely overmedicated by a factor of at least 20-30%. Anesthesia was the art of the ‘controlled overdose.’ The advent of BIS monitoring has made that style of practice unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
BIS provides a number between 0-100 derived from information obtained from the sensor on the patient’s forehead. The lower the number, the deeper the level of consciousness, sleep or ‘hypnosis,’ as it is known in the anesthesia profession.
General anesthesia sleep levels occur between 45-60. The patient doesn’t hear, feel, or remember their surgery with general anesthesia. The same experience can be had with intravenous propofol at BIS between 60-75, a level Dr. Friedberg has trademarked as an integral part of MIA.
BIS levels below 45 are considered overmedicating (’controlled overdose’) and suboptimal for long-term safety. The brain is the target organ for the anesthesiologists’ medications. This information is not obtainable with any current vital signs monitors. No elective cosmetic surgery patient should have anesthesia without a BIS or similar level of consciousness monitor. Therefore, Dr. Friedberg deems the BIS a standard of care.
Cosmetic surgery patients continue to needlessly suffer postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) and unnecessary pain after many surgical procedures including cosmetic surgery. Most cosmetic surgery patients receive local anesthesia injection after receiving general anesthesia. This process fails to predictably produce ‘pre-emptive analgesia’ or substantial postoperative pain relief. General anesthesia does not block all of the pain signals from the local injection from reaching the brain. MIA does block all painful signals thereby reproducibly provides preemptive analgesia without the use of agents that cause PONV. MIA also preserves leg muscle tone, avoiding phlebitis along with lethal pulmonary embolism.
General anesthesia for cosmetic surgery is unnecessary and an excessive, sometimes fatal, trespass upon the patient.
Disclaimer: Dr. Friedberg is not employed by Aspect Medical Systems, makers of the BIS monitor. He is not a stockholder or a paid consultant. The opinions expressed herein are his professional opinion based on 10 years experience with BIS monitoring.
Posted: Nov 14, 2007 at 3:24 pm
Of Course it is easier to blame Dr. Adams who has a checked past, but please hold all judgment until after the autopsy is revealed. Donda will be missed terribly but it was her decision to undergo surgery knowing her health was not good. Donda was an educated and intelligent woman and she knew the odds.On 9/11/01 I to had breast reduction and a family history of heart problems, but I did the surgery for health reason as well as beauty. Sometimes intelligent women makes unintelligent decision when a drunken doctor has his opinion. My prayers are with Kanye and family.
Posted: Nov 14, 2007 at 8:41 pm