UPDATE: Monarch Med Spa Shut Down After Liposuction Infection Death

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is investigating the cosmetic surgery center over three serious infections linked to liposuction.

The Timonium Monarch Med Spa has been shut down by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene after three cosmetic surgery patients received serious infections.

One of three individuals diagnosed with the Streptococcus (GAS) infection after receiving liposuction has died, according to a release issued Wednesday afternoon. The other two patients were hospitalized.

UPDATE (1:40 p.m.)—The University of Maryland Medical System’s infection control unit reported the three cases to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Monday, according to the order to cease operations (see attached).

"On September 18, 2012, investigators from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Baltimore County Department of Health inspected the facility at 9608 Deereco Road and observed probable deviations from standard infection control practices, among other potential deficiencies," the order goes on to say.

UPDATE (2:10 p.m.)—A spokeswoman from the Baltimore County Department of Health Public Information Office could not elaborate on the specifics of what was found at Monarch, citing an ongoing investigation.

The order, signed by Health Department Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein and Baltimore County Health Officer Gregory Wm. Branch concluded that "conditions at the Monarch Med Spa facility ... endanger the public health and that all operations at the facility should cease until the cause of the public health has abated."

Monarch performed the surgeries between mid-August and mid-September, according to the release.

The department urged patients who may have suffered similar infection symptoms to seek medical help and notify their local health departments.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever or influenza-like syndrome
  • Redness at a wound site
  • Abrupt onset of generalized or localized severe pain and swelling, often rapidly increasing
  • Progressive dizziness, weakness and confusion

About 10 to 15 percent of patients diagnosed with the infection die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Cosmetic surgery centers in Maryland are not currently subject to state licensure," the release states. "In the near future, DHMH will seek public comment on potential approaches to oversight of these facilities."

Monarch Med Spa is located at 9610 Deereco Rd Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093.

Stay with Patch as we continue to update this story.

Mike Fisher September 29, 2012 at 04:39 AM
The odds of dying from a liposuction procedure, either during the operation or due to complications afterwards (infections, embolisms etc.) are higher per 100,000 people of dying in a car accident. It can and does kill. Fat cells are like balloons that fill up as they store fat. All liposuction does is suck out the full fat cells leaving "deflated balloons", which fill up again because the person doesn't change their lifestyle. It is certainly viewed as a quick fix, it's certainly not a long term fix. People are obsessed with their appearances to the point that they would do this. Unless their medical condition is serious enough to warrant this type of surgery, it shouldn't be done. Anyone could walk in and want liposuction and get it, all you have to do is ask. We live in a world where people want instant gratification and instant results, but don't want to do any of the work. Liposuction is just one example, but I would say all plastic surgery falls under this category to some extent. Liposuction is a "quick fix" just like these dangerous diet pills we have on the market today that also kill people. They are linked to internal bleeding, liver disease or failure, strokes and many other complications. Liposuction and diet pills are nothing more than quick fixes, sorry, but that's all they are. They are instant gratification, who cares if it's healthy or not? Not too many apparently.
Mike Fisher September 29, 2012 at 04:42 AM
..many other complications including death....
LipoAdvisor September 25, 2013 at 03:38 AM
Now, almost 1 year after the incident the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released their report! It seems that there were many irregularities like staff not wearing gloves or masks, or visibly dirty equipment according the patients' surveyed! More information on the report can be found here: http://www.lipoadvisor.com/monarch-med-spa/


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