How To Know If Your Breast Surgery Has Gone Wrong

The following information should help you to figure out if you are experiencing any complications with your breast surgery.

Risks

In order to know if you are suffering any complications from your surgery, you need to be aware of all the possible risks. Currently, saline breast implant surgery has an overall risk of complications of 27 percent, with 25 percent of these patients needing a second operation to repair a deflation of the capsular contracture. The following statistics cover the average complication rates:

1. Mondor’s Disease

Occurring in roughly one percent of patients, this is an inflammation of blood vessels that are located under the surface of the breast. This condition does not require any treatment. If will fade away by itself.

2. Infection (Cellulitis)

Occuring in 2-4 percent of patients, this is most often caused by bacteria that live on the skin. It is common for surgeons to administer antibiotics prior to the surgery, and antibiotic solution in the wound prior to the implant going in as a way of lowering the possibility of infection. Symptoms include fever, swelling, redness and pain. Antibiotic pills may be used to treat the infection. If it is severe, intravenous antibiotics can be administered in a hospital until the redness and swelling disappear.

3. Wound Separation (Dehiscence)

This complication is rare. When it does occur, it is usually within the first two weeks after the surgery. The edges of the wound separate causing the wound to open and the implant to become exposed. Steristrips can sometimes be used to close the wound. In other cases, surgery is required.

4. Seroma

Days or weeks after the surgery, fluid can start to collect around the implant. This can result in swelling and pain. This is sometimes called blister fluid. In can leak from the vessels that were damaged during the surgery. Large seromas have been known to become infected, so they should be removed. A needle is usually used to remove the fluid, so surgery is not required most…

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