Well known comedian Joan Rivers stopped breathing and suffered cardiac arrest on August 28th while undergoing a minor throat procedure at an out-patient facility. Rivers was rushed to a hospital in New York City where she remains on life support.
There are many questions as to what happened to Rivers and some say she shouldn’t have had surgery at an out-patient facility. Dr. Dwight Jones is the chair of University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and says there are a number of these facilities in the state. He says they are all regulated but not connected to a hospital and that limits what they can do. He adds all are all quite safe.
There is also the risk of anesthesia. Dr. Jones says the older one gets the less it is tolerated. He says a five-day old infant can tolerate anesthesia better than an 85 year old. He says typically complications are rare but they can happen.
Rivers is 81 and it is not known if she had a pre-existing heart condition.