New Superbug Bacteria Linked to Foreign Plastic Surgeries Reiterates Importance of Using Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. John LeRoy has long warned patients against the economic allure of “medical tourism” in which cosmetic surgery patients travel outside the US to receive deeply discounted surgical procedures from foreign physicians. There have been numerous reports of tourist patients who have returned to the US and developed complications as a result of a foreign surgeon’s lack of training or substandard sanitation methods. There is now an additional threat linked to these tourist surgeries: NDM-1.
As recently reported by The World Health Organization, the New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) bacteria produces an enzyme which neutralizes the effects of almost the entire western world’s currently used antibiotics. The bacteria emerged in a group of British patients who had traveled to India and Pakistan to undergo cosmetic surgery and returned home with the drug resistant superbug which then spread to other British and US patients.
Dr. LeRoy uses this latest news headline as a caution against not only medical tourism, but also against patients entrusting surgeons who aren’t properly certified. Because there are a few reported cases of NDM-1 in the United States, it’s more important than ever to ensure that any plastic surgeon you approach is board certified and strictly adheres to board mandated patient-care and sterility guidelines.