Risks of Reconstructive Surgery
• Wound infections
• Poor healing
• An accumulation of blood or clear fluid around the incision site
• Excessive bleeding
• Rejection of any implants used
Occasionally, a patient may have a reaction to general anesthesia, too, though this is rare. Breast Cancer.org reports only one in every 200,000 surgery patients have a life-threatening reaction to the anesthesia used. There are risk factors associated with specific types of reconstruction, as well, such as lymphedema with breast surgery.
The most important thing you can do when faced with the possibility of reconstructive surgery is ask lots of questions. This gives you answers specific to your condition and the surgical technique the doctor will use to help you. If you have questions about recovery time or risks associated with a surgical technique, give us a call to set up a consultation.
About Mark Jensen, MD
Dr. Jensen, a native to Utah, earned his doctorate of medicine from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, after graduating Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Russian. He completed his General Surgery residency and then a Plastic Surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Training under many of the top plastic surgeons in the nation, Dr. Jensen has gained expertise in many areas of reconstructive surgery. He is an American Board of Surgery certified physician as well as a certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.