What are the potential risks and complications of breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction surgery using implants has some inherent risks, including:
- Infection around the implant
- Capsular contracture
- Implant rupture or failure
- Leakage of the implant's contents into the surrounding tissues
- Asymmetry of the breasts
- Lumps in local lymph node tissue formed by leaking silicone
- Movement of the implants from their original position
- Further surgery to treat complications
Breast reconstruction surgery using flaps also has some inherent risks these include:
- A clot in the blood vessels to the reconstructed breast. With modern microsurgical techniques this is rare, but should it occur, it can result in the flap tissue dying.
- Small areas of hardness may develop in the new breast. These are a result of poor blood supply to the fat cells. This is called fat necrosis.
- Fluid collection, which is called a seroma, under the new breast or where the flap was taken
- Should you not be a candidate for a DIEP and have a TRAM flap, there is a risk of weakened abdominal muscles, which can result in a hernia.
- Difference in size and shape between the natural and reconstructed breasts
Because I've got all my systems sorted, I've got a near 0% failure rate for breast reconstruction
Dr Pouria Moradi