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More Information Comes to Light Regarding Fatal Complication during Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

January 16th, 2018

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On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Further investigations regarding the death of a Baton Rouge woman during an elective surgery have revealed that she died of fat clots that had traveled to her lungs and heart. The incident occurred on December 14, but the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office needed several weeks to complete the investigation.

According to the Miami Herald, the 40-year-old victim is at least the sixth patient to die from the same complication during the same procedure in Miami-Dade County since 2013. The medical examiner’s report states the cause of death was fat clots, which clogged arteries in the lungs and heart.

Plastic surgeons agree these clots were likely the result of trauma to the inferior gluteal vein. When this vein is injured, any fat injected into the area can enter the bloodstream and travel up to the lungs and heart, causing fatal complications.

Although an elective procedure, the Brazilian butt lift is fairly invasive. After making an incision in a fat deposit, surgeons insert a long, thin metal device called a cannula to siphon fat from the area. They then treat the fat before grafting it to the buttocks using additional incisions. Potentially life-threatening complications can arise during any step of the surgery, making it just as dangerous as procedures that are not elective.

If you experienced serious complications during or after a surgical procedure and are now suffering as a result, turn to The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm to determine if you have grounds for a claim. David A. Bowling has more than 30 years of trial experience.

Visit our website at to learn about the quality legal representation we are proud to provide injured clients and their families. You can schedule a case evaluation with a medical malpractice lawyer in New Orleans by calling (866) 405-4220.

Plastic Surgeons Surprised at Number of Fatalities Related to Brazilian Butt Lifts

In addition to multiple fat clots in vital organs, the medical examiner found evidence of hemorrhaging near a blood vessel deep in the woman’s buttock, near the sciatic nerve. The provider who performed the procedure is reportedly a family doctor who does not carry malpractice insurance and is not board-certified in plastic surgery or any other specialty.

He issued a statement last month claiming the woman’s heart stopped beating toward the end of the procedure. He stated the clinic’s staff tried to resuscitate the patient before calling 911. Responders brought her to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The doctor claimed he has performed thousands of procedures without incident; however, members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are worried about the number of fatal complications associated with Brazilian butt lifts. Industry leaders are trying to determine exactly why this particular complication is so common so they can implement measures to prevent it.

If you suffered preventable complications during a surgical procedure, you may be entitled to compensation for subsequent medical bills, as well as lost wages and pain and suffering. Turn to The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm to discuss the details of your case and determine the most strategic way to proceed.

Contact us online or call (866) 405-4220 to schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in New Orleans. You can learn more about malpractice claims in Louisiana by visiting

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