William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Saturday, 19, February, 2011

Over the Transom

Filed under: Haterade,Medicine — williamthecoroner @ 18:53

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?

My Response:
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.



  1. There are few folks who make it through this life without picking up a scar or two and nor from surgery.

    Tell him he can brag that it’s an old biker injury or sumptin’.

    Comment by Crucis — Sunday, 20, February, 2011 @ 16:18 | Reply

  2. One has to wonder HOW that happened… At least it was the right knee, but still…

    Comment by Old NFO — Sunday, 20, February, 2011 @ 16:36 | Reply

  3. I wish I could say something like that about the two surgical scars on either side of my right ankle, but both were necessary. (Ends of the tibia and fibula chipped off, where they come into the ankle, and I had to have two lovely titanium (and tiny) screws inserted to put ’em back together. Don’t get into auto wrecks that are the fault of stupid 17-year-olds. She had bumps and bruises. I had four broken bones in my right ankle, two breaks in my right wrist (ulna), what was essentially road rash and severe bruising where the seat belt tightened against my left hip, more bruises from the lap belt, additional heavy bruising from the shoulder belt on my left shoulder and down across my torso, seven days in the hospital (four in a specialized rehab unit where I learned to get around), a platform walker, a seriously messed-up back that took two weeks before adding insult to injury, six weeks without putting weight on my foot, and nine and a half weeks living with my parents, because platform walkers and 120+ year old houses do not mesh well. I still have to use a cane to get around on occasion, because atmospheric pressure changes, precipitation of any kind, drastic temperature change and my poor joints (the ankle in particular) simply do not get along.

    Comment by Auntie J — Sunday, 29, May, 2011 @ 20:05 | Reply

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