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Plastic Surgery for Person with AIDS
Sep 26, 2005

I was diagnosed with HIV in 1986. I became a paraplegic in 1988. I have had multiple myocutaneous manipulations in my buttocks area due to atrophy. I'm 38 years old now and having a problem with a small pressure sore on my right ischial area. I have heard there are plastic surgeons doing work for HIV positive people and am wondering if I should seek one of these doctors to help with my problem, as my quality of life will be very limited if I am bedridden. Being able to sit up affects my ability to obtain and maintain a job and care for my activities of daily living. I would be very grateful if you have any knowledge of a surgeon who would be willing to help me. Thank you so much for your obvious compassion for those of us in this situation. Sincerely, Ron Burns

Response from Dr. Henry

Numerous surgeons/plastic surgeons work with HIV+ persons. I would ask your HIV specialist to refer to a dermatologist or wound clinic to assess what your options are including surgery. KH



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