Second Opinion or Revisional Surgery
Conveniently located to serve Little Rock
Little Rock Oculoplastic & Facial Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. Brock and his staff are happy to assist you for a second opinion or revisional surgery. You are in the right place!
Have you ever heard, “This too shall pass.”? It’s hard to imagine now, but things can improve greatly! Because of the nature of a sub-specialized practice like Dr. Brock’s, many of our patients have already had one or multiple surgeries. Dr. Brock is highly sought after to correct post-surgical problems when they occur around the eye and face. Many times, a patient or referring physician recognizes that the patient is not doing as well as they hoped to. In those cases, referring physicians or patients themselves, may seek Dr. Brock out for a second opinion or revisional surgery.
Why Revisional Surgery?
Patients that see us in these circumstances are naturally disappointed. Sometimes they wonder why they ever went through with surgery or wish they had never done it in the first place. The good news is that in most cases, time will offer a significant improvement without having to have additional surgery. In almost all circumstances, the best course is to receive conservative management while more time is given to healing. When surgery is indicated, it is rarely necessary immediately and patients generally do better by allowing the body to heal 6 weeks to 6 months and occasionally for 12 months. Some patients will still wish they had never had surgery to begin with but in every case, patients have agreed that they have improved significantly from the time Dr. Brock first saw them.
What To Expect from Revisional Surgery
Remember, there are simply limitations to surgery and risks of surgery. Every surgeon must address problems following surgery at times. If anyone tells you they never have patients with problems following surgery, you should run! Just because you did not have the outcome you wanted does not mean you had a bad surgeon or bad surgery. Yes, it is disappointing, to say the least, that things did not turn out like you wanted them to. What’s important is that someone outlines the risks and possible complications prior to surgery. And most importantly, you have the kind of referring surgeon who is willing to take care of the problems, knows who to send you to in order to take care of your problems, and is committed to seeing that you improve. Hang in there! It gets better!
Your Revisional Surgery Consultation
Your consultation for revisional surgery will begin with a conversation about your previous surgery’s results, your appearance goals, and your complete medical history. Dr. Brock will assess the affected areas and determine if any complications have developed. If no complications are present, you will be asked about your cosmetic concerns from the previous surgery.
If Dr. Brock finds he may make an improvement you agree to, he will then create a surgical plan for your revision procedure. The two of you will discuss it in great detail. Feel free to ask questions at any time during your consultation.
The Procedure and Recovery Process
The procedure and recovery process for revisional surgery should be somewhat similar to your previous experience.
Anesthesia will be administered before the revision procedure. Depending on the selected area for correction, local or general anesthesia may be used.
After the procedure, you may not be able to drive for a time, so it may be necessary for a friend or family member to give you a ride home. Make sure to get enough rest, and take time off from work as directed.
You may be prescribed pain medication for a more comfortable initial recovery period. Prepare a cold compress to reduce swelling and bruising. Avoid strenuous activities like running or heavy lifting for several weeks after the procedure as directed.
Costs of Revisional Surgery
We try to make it as easy as possible for our in-state and out-of-state patients to get a second opinion when desired. There will always be fees for the patient for such visits or surgeries. It is reasonable to expect charges for a problem that is more complicated to address and treat than it might have been originally. Although in rare cases your referring physician may offer to pay for the services, you should not necessarily expect them to offer, as there were inherent risks involved when you elected to proceed. However, if they do offer, you are still financially responsible for your own fees with our office. Any reimbursement to you will be between you and your referring physician. Prices will vary.
If you are a patient seeking a second opinion or revisional surgery, please contact our office at (501)-223-2244 to arrange for a consultation. For referring physicians, please contact Dr. Brock at the number above or through the medical exchange to discuss how you need his assistance.
Dr. Brock did my orbital decompression surgery and did an outstanding job. He is caring, compassionate and very professional. I would recommend him in a heartbeat. Thanks Dr. Brock for everything and for helping me get my life back.