Complications After Extended Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants?

Question: What are some “MAJOR” complications that can/may “OCCUR” after having an Extended Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants?

I am going to have an Extended Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift with Implants in September. I need to know what are the most common and major complications that can occur after surgery (during the healing process)? Can/Should the Emergency Room assist if I have medical insurance? Is there a legal document that can be signed by my Plastic Surgeon (haven’t chosen one yet) if I did not RECEIVE what we discussed in the consultation? Is there additional insurance offered for post op issues?

Answer: Major complications are rare, but, can happen.

The main ‘major’ complication I discuss with my patient is a ‘pulmonary embolism.’ This is where a blood clot can form in the legs and travel to the lungs which can be life threatening. Surgeons generally take special precautions to prevent this. These methods include avoiding the breathing tube for anesthesia, using a special medication to lower the risk, getting the patient up and moving asap (even the first night), etc.

Other major complications include things like a hematoma, bad infection, anesthetic complications, etc. However, your surgeon should review all of these in detail at the ‘preop appointment’.