California tightens plastic surgery law

By: Botox Patient - In: Cosmetic Surgery|Plastic Surgeon|Plastic Surgery

26 Dec 2009

(UPI) — A new California law will prevent doctors from performing elective cosmetic surgery without an “appropriate” physical exam, authorities said.

The law, which takes effect Friday, is named the “Donda West Law” after singer Kanye West’s mother, who died a day after cosmetic surgery in 2007.

The law requires “an appropriate physical examination within 30 days of a procedure and “written clearance” from a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant before cosmetic surgery is performed, The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday.

The law will change little since reputable cosmetic surgeons have always obtained a patient’s medical history and made sure the patient had a physical exam before a procedure, said Dr. Terry Zimmerman, head of the Greater Sacramento Plastic Surgical Society.

Autopsy results showed Donda West died of pre-existing coronary artery disease and “multiple post-operative factors” a day after she had an abdominal tuck, breast surgery and liposuction. The surgeon who operated on West surrendered his medical license in April.

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