Posted by: Racoon | 2010/07/23


Re Brow/forehead laceration - plastic surgeon

Dear Paed

I am actually quite upset after the visit to the plastic surgeon. Firstly, the 2 cuts look fine and he said that the emergency doc did a neat job. BUT, he also said that he told the emergency doc on the day of the accident that anaesthesia would not be a problem due to the head trauma. Also, it would be much less traumatic than suturing under a local. This the emergency doc did not relay to us! and we specifically asked him! The plastic surgeon also said that both cuts needed two layers of sutures, and that although it looked fine from the outside, we would need to wait and see if there will be cavity formation etc. He was also concerned that the muscle layer of the mid forehead cut may have been damaged. So, the takehome message was that it would have been fine, and actually desirable to have aneasthetised my son to do the suturing. I am upset! why would the emergency doc do this? Furthermore, when my son started passing out there was no one around, the nurse and doc we''re hanging around at the desk? my husband had to go and call them. Sorry for the rant, but I am not pleased with the entire situation. Thanks again for your input - it really helps get things into perspective.

Expert's Reply



The only way to get an answer is to inform the hospital about your experience and ask the same questions you are asking here. If your son's deeper wound does not heal neatly you will need to take him back to the plastic surgeon.

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