When things are done properly, infection is pretty uncommon in a plastic surgery practice. Surgery and infection are unfortunately related however and will co-exist at least occasionally even when everything is done correctly. This is just a fact of life.
People interestingly enough seem to believe that an infection is evidence of malpractice. Infection can be present when malpractice has occurred but by itself is not evidence of anything.
Minor infections can often can be treated and cause no long term problems. More serious infections can be much more threatening, however. A developing infection in a post-operative patient will introduce doubt in both patient and surgeon.
It is usually best to try to resist the temptation to try to blame an infection on someone else. When investigated, most infections do not yield clear causation.
An infection makes most important a patient’s original choice of surgeon and that surgeon’s decision to operate upon that patient. When significant infection develops it can test the mettle of both.
*This blog post was originally published at Truth in Cosmetic Surgery*