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Necrosis Recovery and Have Excessive Scarring Where the Drains Were - Boston, MA

I searched long and hard for a doctor I felt...

I searched long and hard for a doctor I felt comfortable operating on me for an abdomnioplasy and lipo. I decided on Dr. Gallico. While the initial surgery went well, I noticed right away that at the drain sites there was a bad smell and discharge. Dr. Gallico removed the drains and declared me fine. After a few days, the discharge increased out of all my drain sites, one more than others. When I went back to have Dr. Gallico examine me, he declared I had necrotic tissue death. It took about 8 weeks to combat the issue and get me healed up. I live 2 hours away from Dr. Gallico's office, and had to drive repeatedly back and forth for follow-up care, once waiting 3 hours for my appointment. I am fine now, a few years down the road, but have excessive scarring where the drains were.

Boston Plastic Surgeon

I have recently asked for the reports from the follow-up care for a hysterectomy scheduled later this month, so my ob/gyn has the full picture behind the incision. There is absolutely NO mention of my post-operative complications anywhere in my file. NONE. The secretary has refused comment. Disconcerting, to say the least.

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
2 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
2 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
2 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Payment process
1 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I smoked a little bit in my 20's, but had the tummy tuck at the age of 40. I do not have diabetes. I don't know what caused the necrosis. Maybe when my ob/gyn has the ability to look around she might find a reason. Part of the reason I am having a hysterectomy is because I have a great deal of uterine pain, which could possibly be caused by adhesions from the necrosis. I have heard unsterile instruments and items left inside (like sponges) could cause this, although I have no proof of either one.
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hi, i know how u feel because i had something simular, i posted 2 pics
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I'm really sorry to hear that you had such a hard time with your healing.

What do you think caused these problems for you and do you you feel a different surgeon could have prevented this from happening to you?
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I know this may be personal.....but did you smoke before the procedure?
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