I know I have posted something like this before--but here goes. I had a tummy tuck about a year ago. I went back to the dr. because I wasn't satisfied, i had kind of a "ledge" there where the scar was. He told me he needed to do another "smaller" tummy tuck and some liposuction. This was okay--I know that sometimes this is required. My problem is--he wants to charge me almost as much as the original surgery was!! Shouldent' he bear the brunt of this cost??? I need to know if anyone can tell me what is customary for this type of thing. I have a consult with another plastic surgeon, to find out what the heck to do but shouldent' i not be charged for this??? Can anyone answer this? I thought about suing, just for the cost of the surgery but I also know this is extremely difficult to do. Any suggestions?
Aug 16, '03
I do know I had a hysterectomy , vaginal approach and the ovary on the right/f tube on that side came down but the left ovary was adhered with scar tissue to the front of my abdominal wall. Needless to say they had to pull my ovary/tube on the left out the hole in the front of my belly. It was a huge swollen area with a ledge. Finally after 3 years it is now gone but has a small dimple. Do they think in time it would go away? My Dr. told me it would in 2 years or so. She was right, it did.
Aug 16, '03
No, this is definitly here to stay. It's just that he didn't remove enough tissue when he did the surgery. I don't know how to describe it, except that it is a little (well, not little) ridge above the incision-it needs to be removed. It would involve a smaller tummy tuck-which is okay-but I don't think I should have to pay almost $3,000 dollars for it, which is nearly what I paid for the original surgery. I'll pay for the anesthesia-but not the $3,000 dollars.
Aug 17, '03
So talk this over with your surgeon. Usually one DOES pay for continued corrective surgery if it is needed.
Now if your doc gave you, in writing, a guarantee that everything would be perfect the first time and that no further procedures would be necessary or even desired, that would be a different matter. (But of course that did not happen.)
Last edit by sjoe on Aug 17, '03
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