Disabled Children and Plastic Surgery

Intellectually Disabled Children undergoing Plastic Surgery may remain to be a controversial topic with the many opposing views that spring on the matter.

Uganda Online Publication, The Eye Magazine for instance published an article lauding the effects of Plastic Surgery on both intellectually and physically disabled children. The article focused on the children that have been treated at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services of Uganda or CoRSU Hospital.

Disabled Children and Plastic Surgery
Disabled children and plastic surgery remain to be a heated discussion. (Photo Credits)

“As a child and as a person, you are born with an inherent and healthy need to play, and that need does not exclude children with disabilities. Children with disability can often feel excluded from mainstream society. Consequently, they can feel that they do not fit in and are inferior.” Then the article went on to say, “At CoRSU we believe that this kind of inclusive play will help a child with physical disability to get a clear understanding of their physical differences from the others, develop an attitude of tolerance, become more accepting of other people’s attitudes, but most of all help them learn new languages.”

Read the original article from here.

Not so convinced

Some sectors on the other hand are not too convinced about letting children with disabilities undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery.

Online newspaper West or Welfare Society Territory meantime published a report on how a local committee in their area disagrees with plastic surgery on intellectually disabled children. ‘In particular, the Committee estimates that “aesthetic surgery on children with Down’s syndrome, aimed at adjustment to social canons of ‘normality’ cannot be considered as legitimate, especially when having a pervasive and painful component. This kind of surgery hardly brings benefits to people affected by the Down’s syndrome; it is instead more likely to increase patients’ personal unease.’ The contribution given by the most accredited Italian bioethics institution, certainly sheds light on a very delicate issue, concerning painful invasive operations on human beings.”

Check out the whole article here.

Plastic Surgery for the Disabled Child

WikiPedia explained that reconstructive plastic surgery can be done on children especially to those who may have congenital malformations that make them disabled. Their entry also explained how plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are undertaken on children.

“Pediatric plastic surgery is plastic surgery performed on children. Its procedures are most often conducted for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes. In children, this line is often blurred, as many congenital deformities impair physical function as well as aesthetics. Surgery is defined as treating injuries or conditions with operative instrumental treatment. Plastic is a derivative of the Greek word plastikos, which means ‘to build up’ or ‘to take form’. This is a logical prefix, as parts of the body are remade or reformed during most reconstructive and cosmetic surgical procedures. Children make up roughly 3% of all plastic surgery procedures, and the majority of these procedures correct a congenital deformity”

Read the rest of the explanations here.

Whether a parent should let his or her child undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery remains to be their own family’s decision. Careful consideration though has to be made on all the issues and factor surrounding the medical procedure.