Generally speaking, patients undergoing elective surgery have very minimal risk, provided due care and attention is attended to by your clinical care team and by you as a patient. When you are admitted to the hospital you will be provided with a consent package that details these risks, but the following is a quick list. The following is not meant to frighten you but to make you aware of the possibilities.
- Smoking: Smoking increases the risks of all potential complications. This includes chest infections and poor wound healing. You should stop smoking 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after the surgery.
Risks of having a General Anaesthetic
- Areas of lung collapse and pneumonia
- Clots in the legs (DVT) which can move to the lungs (Pulmonary Embolism
- Death (risk in about one in a million, you are at more risk driving to and from the hospital)
Things that can go wrong in the operation
- Damage to surrounding structures
Things that might happen in the first few weeks
- Collections of fluid or blood within your abdomen
- Sensation changes to the breast or nipple
- Delayed healing
- Bruising and swelling
- Irritation from dressings
- Nipple Sensation
- Nerve injury
Things that might happen long term
- Poor scars
- Skin contour irregularities (stretch marks, rippling and wrinkles
- Changes in size and shape with age & weight fluctuations
- Capsular contracture
During your consultation, your Plastic Surgery Thailand surgeon can explain all these risks, what they do to avoid and treat them, and the rates at which they occur.