How common is it for organs to be punctured during laser liposuction? If this occurs, is it always fatal?
It is extremely uncommon for organs to be punctured during laser liposuction. The reason for this is two fold. First, laser liposuction is performed under local anesthesia and therefore, any instrument that would approach penetration of any vital organ would be met with severe pain that local anesthesia would not prevent. The surgeon would know immediately that the laser instrument or the liposuction canula is too close to vital organs and in the wrong place. Second, the laser liposuction procedure is not designed to penetrate the abdominal cavity where the vital organs reside. I suppose that there have been reports of vital organs damaged during laser liposuction but I am unaware of this.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld