Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Cautionary Tale: Is the Clinic Sterile?

After posting the last blog on double eyelid disaster, I received emails from colleagues detailing horror stories about surgeries performed in saloons and hotels. However, none is as worrying as this piece of news about cut price eyelid surgery performed in oversea clinics with sub-standard sterilization.
"I actually have real life cases of 11 patients from Medan who all went to a small city in Thailand to get upper blepharoplasty done by a local plastic surgeon. He charged only SGD 400-450 ( 1000 to 1250 ringgits) per patient. He also threw in freebies: buy 10 get 1 free. The team leader got her surgery done for free. When they returned, one of them fell sick. Found out to have hepatitis B. When the others in the group went for blood test, all 11 of them got hepatitis B!"

Proper sterilization essential to avoid risk of infection.

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