When Prevention Fails

December 1, 2003

Washington, D.C. -- Taking a thorough patient history and performing precise surgery are two ways to avoid acute complications in cutaneous surgery, according to Hugh M. Gloster, Jr. M.D. director of dermatologic surgery and Mohs micrographic surgery, University of Cincinnati. "However, if prevention fails, any physician who performs cutaneous surgery should be prepared to treat hematoma, infection, dehiscence, and necrosis," he said.