Just one day after undergoing liposuction and breast implant removal, the wife of country music icon Hank Williams Jr., Mary Jane Thomas, died of a collapsed lung as a result of a complication from her fat reduction procedure.
TMZ reported that former model Mary, 58, underwent surgery that included liposuction of her back, arms and stomach.
Just one day after she went under the knife, her plastic surgeon found her unresponsive in a hotel room and her death, which was caused by injuries she sustained during surgery, was ruled an accident by the coroner.
As certified plastic surgeon Dr. Washington, D.C.-based George Bitar, the former model suffered from a collapsed lung that may have occurred when “the breast implant was removed, there may have been a scar and the surgeon may have entered the lung and caused an opening in the lung that caused the lung to collapse.”
The death of the country legend’s wife has shocked her loved ones, as well as many around the world who have already had or are about to undergo the same procedure.
Hank Williams Jr.’s wife, Mary Jane Thomas (pictured right), died of a collapsed lung a day after undergoing liposuction and having her breast implants removed in Florida.
Risks of liposuction
Dr. Explaining the risks of fat removal surgery, Bitar told DailyMail.com: ‘The most common risks of liposuction including contour distortions such as bumpy skin, asymmetry and skin folds.’
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many risks to the procedure, including those associated with any major surgery, such as bleeding and negative reactions to anesthesia; however, there are many risks specific to liposuction, including:
Contour irregularities that can cause your skin to look bumpy or wavy due to uneven fat removal and abnormal healing. This wavy appearance, which is often damaged under the skin by the thin cup cannula used in liposuction, can give the skin a permanent bumpy appearance.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Board-certified George Bitar says liposuction deaths are ‘rare’
Other risks of the procedure include fluid accumulation that occurs with temporary pockets of fluid under the skin, numbness in the area where the procedure was performed, skin infection, while rarely liposuction can cause serious skin infections.
Another risk of the fat reduction procedure is internal puncture, which can be fatal and occurs when the cannula, which is the thin tube used in lipo, goes too far and punctures an internal organ.
Other risks include fat embolism, also serious, which occurs when pieces of fat break off and become trapped in blood vessels and travel to the lungs or brain, life-threatening kidney or heart problems.
Another major risk is lidocaine toxicity, which occurs when a patient is given too much of the anesthetic lidocaine, which is often given with fluids injected during liposuction to help manage pain, although it is usually safe, patients can overdose and die as a result.
According to Dr. Bitara, the risks of the fat reduction procedure are higher if patients have any of these pre-existing conditions: “Pink sacs in the lungs – this makes it much easier for the lungs to burst, a history of heart problems. , such as a heart attack (myocardial infarction), hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, lung/pulmonary problems such as air pockets in the bloodstream or shortness of breath.
He added that other high-risk preexisting conditions include: “Allergic reactions related to medications (especially those that may be used for a procedure, asthma treatment, or antibiotics), substance abuse (related to excessive alcohol consumption, illegal drug use, or smoking) and signs of poor wound healing.’
‘[Patients] should be as concerned as undergoing any routine cosmetic surgery. The surgeon should be board certified. A patient should NOT have more than 3-7 pounds of fat removed with liposuction in one surgical procedure. A patient should be cleared by their primary care physician before undergoing any cosmetic surgery as it is still surgery. There should be a board-certified anesthesiologist,” said Dr. Beater.
Risks of liposuction include “bumpy skin” and patients with pre-existing conditions are more likely to experience life-threatening complications.
How common are deaths from fat reduction procedures
Despite the numerous risks that accompany liposuction, Dr. Bitar said these types of deaths are “incredibly rare.”
“Death can occur as a result of fluid in the lungs from overhydration during liposuction causing pulmonary edema.” However, in this case, the fluid in the lungs would not collapse. There can also be a fat embolism entering the blood vapor during lipo that travels to the lungs and blocks the airway and causes death. It also does not collapse the lungs as in this case.’
According to a publication from Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, one in 5,000 people die as a result of liposuction.
The most common death from liposuction is pulmonary thromboembolism, which occurs when a blood clot becomes lodged in an artery in the lung and blocks blood flow to the lungs, accounting for 23 percent of deaths.
Liposuction is the fourth most common cosmetic surgery in the US, with more than 200,000 people going under the knife each year in hopes of reducing fat on various body parts.
Despite the rarity of death in liposuction patients, the risk of liposuction can become potentially life-threatening in patients who experience pulmonary thromboembolism and specifically fat embolism.
Her death, which was caused by a stab wound, was ruled an accident and shocked her loved ones and many people around the world.
How to avoid the life-threatening risks of liposuction
Before going under the knife, Dr. Bitar advises how to be extra careful before undergoing fat reduction surgery.
‘[Patients] they can optimize their health in advance by quitting smoking, being at or near their ideal body weight, and making sure their doctor approves them for the surgery they’re having.”
He added that patients should: “Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon and an accredited surgery facility if performed outside of a hospital.
“After surgery, have a responsible adult with you for the first 24 hours after surgery, do not go home and stay alone. Hydrate yourself with plenty of water after surgery and walk around a bit.’
For follow-up care steps Dr. Bitar recommends seeing your plastic surgeon “the next day for aftercare.”
He added that patients should: “Make sure you get a specific list of instructions before and after surgery. Discuss them with your surgeon or nurse surgeon.’
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you should also change your diet before the procedure to focus on foods high in antioxidants and water, such as berries, celery, cucumbers, healthy oils such as olive oil and walnut oil, omega 3 fatty acids. , squash and some spices, including cinnamon and turmeric.
Although, like many other major surgeries, liposuction can have many unforeseen complications, patients who follow these before and after care steps will have fewer complications if the procedure is done correctly.