Elective plastic surgery in a Jehovah's witness: A case series and review of the literature

R. F. Centeno, C. D. Long, M. S. Granick

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'Bloodless' plastic surgery in the Jehovah's Witness patient is an area that has received little attention in the surgical literature. Given the unique and firmly held beliefs of this group of patients, caring for them can be particularly challenging for the plastic surgeon. The authors report a case of bilateral breast reconstruction with saline-filled implants complicated by a postoperative hematoma and one involving a staged approach to massive breast reduction, both in Jehovah's Witness patients. A third patient involving a staged panniculectomy for a complicated wound infection is also described. The historical background, philosophical views, ethical issues, legal aspects, surgical outcomes, and management techniques relevant to caring for this unique patient population are also reviewed in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-251
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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