Risks And Complications Of A Blood Transfusion From Breast Augmentation

1156 Words Jul 21st, 2015 5 Pages
Although all routine cosmetic surgical procedures have very low complication rates, it is always important that you understand the standard potential risks and complications of any procedure. I joke with my patients and tell them that I have to scare them before I operate on them. The reality is, however, that even if the risk is one in a 100,000, if it happens to you it is 100 percent for you.

BLEEDING: Bleeding is a potential risk of any operation. The chance of needing a blood transfusion from breast augmentation is exceptionally small. If a collection of blood occurs around the implant, it is called a hematoma. If you get a significant hematoma, you need to go back to the Operating Room to have it removed. You cannot heal properly if a hematoma is in place. At the time of this writing, our practice has had only four hematomas over a period of over six years and approximately 400 cases.

INFECTION: Infection is a potential complication of any operation but can be especially serious in breast augmentation. Although every effort is made to prevent any infectious complications including use of intravenous antibiotics, placing the implant in antibiotics, placing antibiotics inside the pocket and giving postoperative antibiotics by mouth, infections can still occur. If the implant gets infected, the implant must be removed and must stay out of the body for at least 3 to 6 months. This is a potentially disastrous complication. Since our practice began, we have had one major…

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