Endoscopy Clinic Denied Throat Biopsy Procedure on Joan Rivers

September 11, 2014


In the wake of any death, family and loved ones gather around and mourn the loss of someone dear to them. More often than not during these times, people look for a reason to blame for the loss. Most of the time, it is simply natural causes that kills a person, and so leaves a family grieving.

In the case of Joan Rivers, however, the people at Yorkville Endoscopy, the small out-patient clinic where Joan had her minor throat operation, are doing everything they can to make sure that the blame of a star’s death is not laid at their doorstep.

Joan was rushed to a hospital following cardiac and respiratory arrest as a result of the operation where she died. Now, Joan’s family and the public-at-large are looking for someone to blame, and Yorkville Endoscopy seems to meet their description.

However, the people at Yorkville Endoscopy have said “a biopsy of the vocal cords has never been performed at Yorkville Endoscopy.”

“General anesthesia has never been administered at Yorkville Endoscopy,” the statement continued without ever mentioning Rivers’ name due to confidentiality rules. “The type of sedation used at Yorkville Endoscopy is monitored anesthesia care. Our anesthesiologists utilize light to moderate sedation.”

It turns out, Rivers had brought another doctor with her to the clinic. This doctor, it seems, “asked if he could use their instruments” to perform a throat biopsy during what was supposed to be “a diagnostic procedure [to] see why her voice had gotten raspy.”