Plastic surgeons are responsible for performing rhinoplasty procedures (Nose Jobs). Rhinoplasty is used to reshape the nose for a different appearance. Others get rhinoplasty to improve the nose’s function by correcting a nasal deviation or to reconstruct it after an accident caused a deformity.
Simply disliking what your nose looks like after plastic surgery is not enough to file a lawsuit. Your surgeon must have caused a severe and debilitating injury, infection, or disfigurement. There are some complications that the plastic surgeon cannot help or avoid, but others are caused by negligence or improper conduct.
One of the first potential threats during the rhinoplasty procedure is a bad reaction to the anesthesia because either too much anesthesia was used or the patient suffered an allergic reaction to the anesthesia because an incomplete medical history was taken that failed to list an allergy to that anesthesia.
Other complications occur as a result of the surgery such as:
- Difficulty breathing through the nose after the surgery
- Nasal stenosis
- Septal perforation
- Nerve damage
- Nasal valve collapse
- Rocker deformity
- Step off deformity
These types of conditions may require additional medical procedures or surgeries. A malpractice lawsuit may provide compensation for medical bills, additional treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Even issues that seem small can be a result of a surgeon who was negligent during the procedure. Some of these smaller problems can also result in bigger detriments to health and aesthetics. Such an issue could be bleeding that seems excessive. This bleeding could be a sign of rocker deformity, which results from a fracture during surgery. It could also be an indication of open roof deformity or step off deformity. Open roof deformity occurs when there is a gap in cartilage separating the nostrils and step off deformity refers to asymmetry of the nose.
In order to determine whether there was negligence during the rhinoplasty surgery, you will need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to review your medical records and talk to you about what happened. Then if he or she believes that negligence occurred that attorney will consult with experts in the same specialty as the doctor to confirm whether the doctor deviated from the standard of care in their treatment.
The Thistle Law Firm is experienced in handling rhinoplasty injuries. If you believe that you were injured following rhinoplasty surgery or there was a delay in treatment, the attorneys at the Thistle Law Firm are here to take your call and answer your questions at 215-525-6824.