Is it safe to undergo multiple cosmetic surgeries at once?


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MANILA, Philippines - The sudden passing of a 29-year-old businesswoman while undergoing three cosmetic procedures at a plastic surgery clinic in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 26 has got netizens asking about the safety of going through multiple surgeries at once.

Shiryl Saturnino died multiple surgery
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Tintin Bueno Ng
Shiryl Saturnino, who underwent liposuction, breast augmentation and buttocks surgery from 5 pm on Saturday, March 25 till 2:40 am on Sunday, March 26 at The Icon Clinic, suddenly died nearly an hour after she was operated on. According to investigators, anesthesiologist Dr. Jose Jovito Mendiola and surgeon Dr. Samuel Eric Yapjuangco noticed that Saturnino’s heart stopped beating as she was about to be wheeled to the recovery room.

Although doctors tried to revive her and even sought the help of another doctor from Makati Medical Center, Saturnino was declared dead at around 3:21 am.

Police are awaiting the results of the autopsy to determine the possible negligence of doctors.

It was reported that Saturnino had nose surgery and a breast procedure in the same clinic in the past.


Allowed but not ideal

In her interview with ABS-CBN News, Philippine Society for Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. (PSCS) President Dr. Rosario Ballece clarified it is not prohibited to conduct three procedures at one time. However, she emphasized that it may not be ideal due to the long number of hours that the patient will be subjected to general anesthesia.

“I don't think I am going to do it. I don't want to go into surgery for a long time, both for the safety of the patient, and for the safety of the doctor as well,” Dr. Ballece explained.

“Wala naman silang (mga doktor) nilabag. Kung gusto ng pasyente na tatlong surgeries ang gawin at one time, walang problema doon,” she added.

Dr. Ballece revealed that the three procedures would take about 11 hours and should be considered a major operation. Even if the procedures become successful, the patient would have difficulty taking care of her implants. Ballecer suggests that such procedures should be carried out in hospitals.


--Mini, The Summit Express

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