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Earthquakes and Complications in Plastic Surgery

As I was sitting here early this morning at 5:30AM preparing for a day of plastic surgery sorting out implants and patient records, there was a peculiar silence and then a noise which caught my attention. It made me sit right up and listen…and then a subtle vibration began. And then the whole building shook for about what seemed six to eight seconds….followed by what must have a small aftershock which slowly faded away over the next 20 seconds or so. A rare earthquale indeed here in Indianapolis.
The last earthquake appreciably felt here in Indianapolis was back in 1987 if I remember correctly. It may have been about the same magnitude. (5.0 or so on the Riechter scale) Infrequent as they are, earthquakes do occur here in Indiana….go down to the Indiana State Museum and check out the eathquakes that have occurred from 1955 – 2000 here in the Midwest on one of their computer displays. The epicenter of this one was over in southern Illinois but epicenters have certainly occurred in Indiana as well.
What do earthquakes and plastic surgery have in common? They are similar in at least one aspect…infrequent events do occur in plastic surgey as well. I am speaking specifically to untoward outcomes and complications from surgery. Just like you think an earthquale couldn’t happen here, most patients never feel that any complications for surgery can happen to them. Fortunately, major complications from plastic surgery are about as uncommon as earthquakes here in Indiana.
Dr Barry Eppley
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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