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06-05-2010, 01:21 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Austin, TX
| | Doctor Mutilated Right Ear After Otoplasty... HELP!
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