Patients, Doctors Often Differ About Scars After Surgery

From - February 1, 2018

Patients, Doctors Often Differ About Scars After Surgery

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 -- Current methods to assess scarring after surgery often lead to disagreements between doctors and patients, researchers say.

Patients were more likely to be concerned about the depth of the scar, while doctors were more likely to give coloration and texture more weight, the study found.

The investigators' review of 29 studies included nearly 4,500 patients, and found that doctors and patients disagreed in their scar evaluations 28 percent of the time.

"It is somewhat common for patients to have postsurgical scars that are considered clinically acceptable but patients may still feel disfigured," said senior author Dr. Joseph Sobanko, director of Dermatologic Surgery Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

The findings show the need for better methods of evaluating scars and improved patient counseling before surgery, according to the researchers.

"Many of the scales currently used to evaluate scars are insufficient to measure subtle scar features and patient satisfaction," Sobanko said in a university news release.

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