When an individual suffers a severe injury such as a crushed limb in a car accident, they may need extensive surgery to repair serious physical damage. For example, soft tissue surgery may require one or more surgical procedures to correct problems created by the accident, including reconstructive surgery.

What Is Reconstructive Surgery?

Reconstructive surgery is a type of corrective surgery performed to repair, or reconstruct, one or more areas of the body. The surgery is usually done to:

  • Return function to an area of the body, such as a hand or an arm
  • Restore a person’s appearance after an accident or surgery
  • Repair a trauma
  • Correct a birth defect

What Are Some Examples of Reconstructive Surgery?

Common examples of reconstruction surgery are:

  • Reconstructing breasts after a mastectomy
  • Repairing a cleft palate
  • Reconstructing crushed bones such as rebuilding a foot through podiatric surgery
  • Reattaching fingers to a hand
  • Repairing skin after removing skin cancer

Is Reconstruction Surgery the Same as Cosmetic Surgery?

No. Cosmetic surgery is not performed correct any injuries or debilitating abnormalities. Instead, the elective procedure is done to enhance or change an individual’s appearance. However, certain forms of reconstructive surgery do incorporate methods that are used in cosmetic surgery, such as using breast implants in breast reconstruction.

Can I Undergo Reconstructive Surgery for Repetitive Motion Injuries?

Yes. People who have chronic injuries such as a repetitive motion injury where cartilage wears thin over time. The surgery can help restore function of the injured joint.

Can Medical Malpractice Occur with Reconstructive Surgery?

Yes. Medical malpractice happens when a physician fails to provide the required standard of care. This substandard care causes additional injuries to a patient. For example, the patient may need to undergo additional reconstructive surgeries to repair the injuries caused by the malpractice.

What Must I Prove to Win a Reconstructive Surgery Medical Malpractice Claim?

A plaintiff suing a surgeon for medical malpractice must prove an injury occurred that resulted in damages. Often monetary in nature, damages are compensation required to restore the plaintiff to their position prior to the malpractice. A plaintiff can prove medical malpractice by showing:

  • The surgeon had a duty to provide the patient with a standard of care
  • The surgeon breached the duty owed
  • The surgeon was the actual and proximate cause of the injury
  • The patient suffered damages as a result, such as lost wages or additional medical bills

Should I Talk to an Attorney about My Reconstructive Surgery Injury?

When you go in for reconstructive surgery, you are hoping to be in a much better position than you were prior to the surgery. Thus, it is particularly devastating when a surgeon commits medical malpractice during the surgery. Talk to a personal injury attorney about suing a medical professional if they committed medical malpractice against you during your reconstructive surgery and need to be held responsible.