And you wonder why there is a medical malpractice problem in the United States? I get this e-mail.
My orthopedic surgeon made an incision on the outside of my knee during a partial knee replacement surgery by mistake. He sutured it up and then made an incision on the inside of my knee which was the correct area. He mentioned paying for cosmetic surgery at my 2 week check up, but never brought it up again. I don’t have to see him again for another nine months. Is this a common mistake and what if anything should I do about the extra 4″ scar on my knee?
Ignore it and go about your business.
First off, one of the definitions of medical malpractice is a mistake that causes harm to a patient. An extra scar on a knee where you had surgery? I’m hard pressed to describe that as a harm. Granted, it’s not my leg, but on the other hand, I wear pants– you know what I mean.
C’mon. It was nice of the doctor to offer plastic surgery to make it less noticeable. Either take him up on it, or ignore it. If it were me, I’d ignore it.