Have I been burned by accident during surgery? (Photos)
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Sincerely, James Fernau, MD, FACS
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Board Certified Plastic Surgery
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Breast augmentation - was I burned during surgery?
- Only your surgeon and the nurses in the operating room know what caused the damage to your skin.
- The most likely cause is a skin burn from the tip of the cautery being placed on the skin by accident.
- It may heal leaving a minimal scar or may need revision six months after it heals.
- But your surgeon should certainly tell you what happened.
- Ask him politely, tell him what you found under your dressing and that you want to know what it is.
- If he continues to deny knowledge of it, there is little you can do -
- But it suggests he is too weak to be honest with you.
- These things happen occasionally despite great care being taken
- Most surgeons are strong and honest enough to tell their patients the truth.
- Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
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Sorry you are dealing with the unintended sequelae. It is very rare to get a burn either from the fiberoptic instrument or cautery. More commonly the surgical garment and aggravate an area and cause skin damage (more commonly with liposuctions). The wound will gradually close in from the sides and base. It will remain red for months then pink and usually fades over a year to an inconspicuous mark. Whatever the cause, the good news is it will heal well (as long as it does not get infected). Talk to your surgeon on how to treat it now that it is present. The exact cause may never be know.
Best of luck.
Hard to be sure.
Please discuss this with your plastic surgeon, but do not ignore it. Best of luck.
Wound after surgery
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