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I got breast implants from a well known doctor, but now that I am having problems he doesn’t want to see me. Do I try to go to another doctor? When I call other doc offices for an appointment, they tell me to go back to the doctor who doesn’t care. What do I do?
Perhaps the only time you really know you have chosen the right doctor is when things are not going well. Many doctors who perform cosmetic work are not so great about after care and patients who are not happy are the hardest to resolve after surgery. Some docs therefore delegate this duty to others in their offices. If your doc handles a bad situation like this personally, he is really good. It doesn’t sound like you are in that position unfortunately.
You are best served by making it work with your current surgeon as he knows the most about your case. Try to sit down and in a very non-accusatory fashion lay out what you see as wrong with your result. If you can’t get to a reasonable place with your original surgeon, you will have to try to get a second opinion. As you have surmised, may docs may not want to be that second opinion doctor.
Having seen “problem cases” originally operated elsewhere over the years, I can understand why others docs may be hesitant to get involved. Most outside docs feel like the problems of other docs should be fixed by those other docs. Secondary surgery can be harder or relate to things that cannot be fixed. There is also the possibility that second opinion patients might be looking to get legal with their original surgeon. Any doctor may worry about getting involved in that. Time is money.
I do hope you are able to get the problem fixed to your satisfaction.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2011-08-04 07:30:57.
A mother called the office today. Her daughter had breast implants placed by a surgeon in another state and the two ladies are not happy. They called for a second opinion.
It is dicey dealing with situation like this as a second opinion consultant. The first question is whether or not the first surgeon did anything wrong. A botched boob job is not any boob job that the patient or mother do not like. “Botched” indicates fault. Sometimes there is fault on the part of the surgeon and sometimes there is not. Sometimes patients ask for surgery on the cheap and decline breast lifting or other associated surgery that might have made things look better. Sometimes the patient choose a surgeon of limited skill or qualifications. Sometimes infection, cigarette smoking or scarring can distort an otherwise good procedure. It is not always clear.
The second question for a consultant is whether or not the patient wants him or her to fix things or just wants to return to the original surgeon. No smart consultant wants to end up embroiled in a patient’s lawsuit with the original doctor. It is a waste of time and time is money.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2011-05-11 07:30:37.