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odemadrid 06-05-2010 01:21 PM

Doctor Mutilated Right Ear After Otoplasty... HELP!
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Hi everyone,

As you may have read, I went through otoplasty about 25 days ago. I was very happy with the results until today when I realized the doctor mutilated my right ear. Let me explain what happened:

After the surgery, I noticed the gauze around my right ear was turning reder and reder (pic 1). I sent the doctor an email, and he asked me to go back the following morning. He removed all gauze and said a small artery was bleeding. He quickly reacted, and numbed my ear to try to find where the bleeding was.

I am not 100% what he did cause I was very tired and numb, but I think he used elecrocautery to close the artery. I recall feeling something touching my ear and making noises just like when your fingers touch something really hot and you burn yourself. (psst psst) The doctor said he was done, and wrapped my head really tight. He said to wait 48 hours before removing the gauze.

When I removed it, I noticed a bruise on the ear he 'fixed' the day after surgery. I went to his office on Monday, but he wasn't there. One of his medical assistant said it was normal and not to worry about it; it was probably a bruise. I came back a second day to get the stitches removed from my noise as I also got a rhinoplasty. I asked another assistant about the ear, and she also said it was normal. So, I just ignored it thinking some bruising may be normal.

I came back two weeks later, and I finally asked the doctor about the bruise b/c it wouldn't go away (Check pic 2). He suggested to keep using neosporin daily and to come back in two more weeks to see the progress.

Over a time, a scab formed in the ear, and it came off today after taking a shower. It left a noticeable indentation on my ear, and I do not know what to do. The skin/cartilage is not going to grow back. I am supposed to see my doctor next tuesday, but I don't know what to say or ask from my doctor.

Now that I think about it, I think the Psst Psst sound I heard was probably when he or his assistant touched my ear by mistake and burned during the electrocautery. I never went into surgery expecting to be left with such marks. This was not part of the agreement. I knew there would be small scars behind the ears, but I never expected to lose part of my ear.

I need your advice

robyne00 06-05-2010 05:06 PM

Neosporin is used to aid in the healing of cuts, as well as to prevent infection. Big neon sign flashing: PROBLEM!!!

Let the doc know everything you have posted here.

Please keep us updated and I wish you all the best.

la_angel 06-07-2010 08:49 PM

This is just awful for you to go through! :Angry: And I just replied to your other thread congratulating you on your great recovery :( If I were you, I would be pounding at your doctor's door right away about this! Is it still getting worse?

Please let us know what he says (and also please tell us his name so we know to avoid him like the plague!)

odemadrid 06-08-2010 08:45 AM

He said it likely happened during the initial surgery from the large amount of skin undermining he had to do to fix the lobule. During my otoplasty, the doctor rebuilt my earlobes because they used to point forward; this is on top of pulling back my ears.
I see him today, but he sounded confident he can fix it.
I'll keep you updated.

robyne00 06-11-2010 10:10 AM

Please do let us know what happens!

Best of luck to you! :)

odemadrid 06-13-2010 03:06 PM

Thanks for all your support.
The doctor has been very professional about; he takes full responsability for what happened. He wants me to wait a month for the ear to heal, and he will offer a reconstructive procedure he uses with cancer patients that have lost some skin at no cost.
Other people in the forum mentioned their doctor do not like to take responsabilty for the results and are left in limbo when the results are not satisfactory. I am so happy my doctor has not behaved that way! I will let you know what the final results are!

la_angel 06-14-2010 06:02 PM

Well, it's nice to see someone taking responsibility for their work!

Will he be using skin grafts to do the reconstruction :confused:

robyne00 07-10-2010 12:35 PM

I agree with la_angel, that it is good to see someone taking responsibility.

Please keep us posted!!! :)

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