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Book and Media Reviews
December 12, 2007

Reoperative Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(22):2680-2686. doi:10.1001/jama.298.22.2681

While all surgical specialties have their complications that require reoperation, plastic surgery is unusual if not unique in that the outcome in a large percentage of operations is not success or failure but a point somewhere along a continuum to a functional reconstructive or aesthetic outcome. Sometimes, even results that are in most ways successful may still benefit from reoperation. Thus it is valuable to have a book devoted to this topic. For any surgeon, experience comes at the expense of suboptimal outcomes, and so the lessons of reoperation are useful for optimizing outcome of the primary operation and preventing reoperation.