Clinical and ethical issues involved in counseling a patient about reconstructive surgery for a traumatic and disfiguring injury require special consideration. This article proposes prioritizing 2 considerations: (1) the influence of traumatic experiences on a survivor's cognitive processes and (2) insights into a survivor's acceptance of his or her posttrauma appearance or consent to high-risk or experimental surgery, which can be gained from dialectical behavior therapy. This article argues that these priorities should be explicitly discussed by plastic surgeons counseling patients whose appearances are altered by trauma.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Issues, ethics and legal aspects
- Health(social science)
- Health Policy