Actor Angelo Rodriguez is in intensive care at the Garcia de Horta Hospital in Almada on Monday. He reportedly became infected after testosterone injection for aesthetic reasons. According to Correio da Manhã the actor, after injections, suffered an infection after being on dialysis at the hospital, recovering from cardiac arrest and undergoing three surgeries – the last one this afternoon with the goal of removing the tissue and reversing the infection. . The 31-year-old was admitted to the intensive care unit, confirming the hospital's communication service, without saying the actor's health or condition due to "secrecy".
"The prognosis has been preserved and there is no change in the clinical picture," says a Glam Agency source who represents the actor early in the evening, without saying why Venlo Rodriguez was hospitalized. "The hospital has no right to provide this information except to the family," she added in a written message. The SIC, for which the actor recorded the latest novel in which he made the character Bruno in Coup de Luck also does not confirm, but states that "it closely follows the evolution of Vengelo's clinical condition with the anxiety and modesty that the situation requires, and with the firm hope that it will recover well and quickly. ”
The testosterone injections the actor will take to keep his body seemingly more muscular are not aesthetic intervention protection by Miguel Andrad, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon and Director of Clinic Faccia in Lisbon. "This is not a procedure of aesthetic medicine performed by qualified specialists," he explains. They can be given, for example, in gyms.
They can even be given by himself, adds plastic surgeon Biscay Fraga, who has a clinic named after him in Lisbon, saying that these hormones can be ordered online and accepted. orally, in the skin (in gel form) or by injection. "There is a parallel market for oral and injectable substances for faster results" says Miguel Andrad, who says that sales are not allowed in Portugal. "In Brazil, the use of this type of product is common and there have been deaths."
According to Vítor Fernandes, president of the Special College of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Testosterone it cannot be used to increase muscle mass but for specific hormonal therapies . "This cannot be done ad hoc . This is non-coded therapy, that is, there is nothing in the medical literature to support this therapy to increase muscle mass, "says Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lisbon and Director of Plastic Surgery at Hospital de Santa Maria, Lisbon  Muscle Doping
Should a healthy young man take testosterone? No, the doctors say in unison. Only when a young man has not developed puberty, when a man enters andropause, or when he is transgender, they say. So why is it used to obviously increase muscle mass? Because that's really the initial effect. "It's like muscle doping . The muscle develops not only in the area where it is injected, but throughout the body. She's bloated. The problem is that with these injections, the muscles break down and secrete a substance that clogs the organs, hence the need for hemodialysis [no caso de Ângelo Rodrigues, caso se confirme que foi pela toma de testosterona] "says Miguel Andrade.
Testosterone can be administered when it is in dosage and frequency should be adjusted so that no risk of side effects occurs, continues the clinical director of Faccia. "Performing without medical and analytical control [com análises] may lead to health problems. If [a pessoa] testosterone deficiency, you should not take it "he continues, as it causes" endocrine imbalance. "" If it's a moderate dose, the body can assimilate; if it's high, it can have serious consequences like death. The organs go bankrupt, "says Clinic Director Biscay Fraga. The most affected organs are the kidneys and the liver explains Vitor Fernandez.
There are many young people in the hands of Biscay Fraga who have suffered the effects of testosterone consumption – this has short and medium term effects, he says. he. For example, overdeveloped bodies with "excessive" pectorals; very muscular legs and too thin ankles; and still atrophy the genitals . Inadvertent intake can also affect libido, since the hormone produced by the body itself disappears when the artificial is consumed, he continues. For these situations, there are surgical answers: reduced breast volume; padding between the end of the foot and the foot; and penis enlargement, he enumerates.
"Hormone therapy should be targeted and monitored regularly to avoid side effects, but it's not easy [de compreender] for a young person," complains Biscay Fraga. There are other options such as exercise, advises Vitor Fernandez: “There are machines in the gym that allow you to increase muscle mass without risk. It's safer. " Although it takes longer than testosterone, the expert acknowledges.
A dozen yearly complaints
Miguel Andrade pays attention to gyms or aesthetic centers that supposedly make aesthetic interventions. Vitor Fernandez gives the example of hairdressers who inject Botox or liposuction. The President of the Special College of Plastic Surgery points a finger at the doctors who "go to Badajoz for two days of liposuction training"; or for nephrologists, general practitioners, or other specialists in cosmetic surgery. "You have to look for specialists," he says.
The order of physicians receives an average of ten complaints a year about aesthetic interventions: postoperative complications, poor results or problems in the doctor-patient relationship. Not much, but still Vitor Fernandez advises consumers to always look for doctors who are accredited and recognized by a professional order. As well as spaces with all hospital conditions. "If a complication arises and the patient is in a hospital or traditional clinic, they will have all the means to respond on time," he warns. Miguel Andrade adds that it is important to look not only for accredited doctors, but for licensed clinics and where "procedures are performed safely and hygienically."