Denying a patient a flat closure at their initial surgery can result in more profit for the surgeon performing the revision to “fix” it.
Flat denial can be even more traumatic than the mastectomy itself, and must end.
Intentional flat denial is a violation of the Hippocratic oath to “do no harm.”
Kimberly Bowles answers: how can patients facing mastectomy protect ourselves from flat denial?
I have struggled to come up with a label for the malpractice of leaving extra tissue on a mastectomy patient’s chest against her consent. Labels matter – it’s hard to speak about an experience if you don’t have verbiage to describe it. My friend Amanda has a dark sense of humor, and calls the awfulContinue reading ““Flat Denial”: Stand Up, Speak Out, and Protect Patients”