Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: I did not state that liposuction
under general anesthesia is less safe than that using dilute local anesthesia.
Nonetheless, this is probably true.
The interpretation of the Florida data must be guarded since the total
numbers of either procedure performed in Florida medical offices is unknown.
The data do not support Dr de Jong's statement that "any liposuction surgery
causes relatively more adverse incidents in office practice than other procedures."
All the Florida deaths and other incidents were related to liposuction performed
under general anesthesia. There were no deaths or incidents related to liposuction
using dilute local anesthesia (tumescent technique).
Coldiron B. Liposuction in Medical Offices—Reply. JAMA. 2001;286(13):1575-1576. doi:10.1001/jama.286.13.1573