The outcome of any procedure may differ from person to person due to factors such as genetics, age, diet, and exercise. It’s essential to understand that every surgical procedure comes with potential risks, necessitating a postoperative recovery period and a care regimen that includes the use of specific garments. For a more comprehensive understanding of the risks associated with a specific procedure, please refer to the relevant page on our website.
It is highly advisable to consult with a specialised surgeon for a second opinion before making any decisions. Dr Yezdi Mistry is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon – AHPRA Registration: MED0001861566.
General Surgery Risks:
Surgical procedures encompass a diverse array of interventions that vary in terms of complexity and associated risks. Surgery, in general, carries inherent risks and potential complications, which can fluctuate depending on factors such as the specific procedure, the patient’s health condition, and other variables. General surgery risks may include but not limited to:
Anasthetic Complications: The use of general or local anaesthesia poses risks, including allergic reactions, adverse medication responses, breathing difficulties, and, in rare instances, severe complications like cardiac or respiratory issues.
Infection: Surgical sites can become infected, potentially resulting in wound complications and the dissemination of infection to other body regions.
Bleeding: Surgical procedures involve the manipulation of tissues, which can lead to bleeding. While surgeons employ measures to control bleeding, excessive bleeding can occasionally occur.
Blood Clots: Extended periods of immobility during and after surgery elevate the risk of blood clot formation (deep vein thrombosis}, which may lead to complications if a clot migrates to the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
Mortality: Though exceedingly rare in healthy patients undergoing elective surgery, it’s crucial to acknowledge the possibility of severe complications that could lead to fatality.
Scarring: All surgical interventions result in some degree of scarring. Surgeons endeavour to minimise scarring through meticulous incision techniques, but scarring is an inherent aspect of the healing process.
Wound Healing Challenges: Certain individuals may encounter delayed wound healing or wound dehiscence (wound reopening) due to various factors like infection, compromised blood flow, or weakened immune function.
Organ Damage: In intricate surgeries, there is a risk of unintentional harm to nearby organs or structures.
Nerve Damage: Surgical procedures have the potential to damage nerves, resulting in temporary or permanent loss of sensation or mobility in the affected area.
Adverse Reactions to Medications: Patients may experience adverse reactions to drugs administered during surgery, including pain relievers, antibiotics, and other medications.
Gastrointestinal Complications: Following abdominal surgeries, certain patients may grapple with complications related to the digestive system, such as bowel obstructions, constipation, or issues with bowel function.
Healing Tissue Complications: Patients with underlying health conditions, like diabetes or poor circulation, may confront challenges in the healing of wounds.
Haematoma and Seroma: Haematoma refers to the accumulation of blood outside a blood vessel, while seroma is the buildup of fluid. Both of these may occur after surgery and might necessitate drainage to avert complications.
Hernia Development: In certain instances, surgical incisions can lead to hernias, where tissues or organs protrude through weakened areas.
Respiratory Complications: Patients undergoing general surgery may be susceptible to postoperative respiratory issues like pneumonia or lung collapse due to alterations in breathing patterns and limited mobility.
Urinary Tract Infections: Patients with urinary catheters during surgery may face an elevated risk of developing urinary tract infections.
Dr Mistry and his medical team are dedicated to minimising the risks associated with surgical procedures. They employ advanced techniques and safety protocols to reduce the chances of complications such as anaesthesia issues, infections, bleeding, and more. Their commitment to patient well-being and constant pursuit of medical innovation make them guardians of care, focused on ensuring a safe and secure path to recovery for every patient.
Risks of Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery, like any medical intervention, offers both advantages and potential drawbacks. Beyond the general surgical risks, plastic surgery presents additional concerns, which include:
Unsatisfactory Results: Patients may not always achieve the desired outcomes, even when the surgery is performed correctly, leading to dissatisfaction.
Asymmetry: Perfect symmetry is challenging to attain, and there’s a risk of
post-operative results displaying slight asymmetry.
Emotional and Psychological Effects: Plastic surgery can have emotional and psychological consequences. While some individuals experience high satisfaction, others may grapple with disappointment or unrealistic expectations.
Allergic Reactions: Certain patients might experience allergic reactions to surgical materials like sutures, dressings, or implants.
Implant Complications: Procedures involving implants, such as breast augmentation, carry potential risks like implant rupture, displacement, Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), Breast Implant Illness, or the formation of scar tissue around the implant, known as capsular contracture.
Specific risks associated with the procedure you are interested in will be discussed with you during your consultation with Dr Mistry.
Before undergoing plastic surgery, it’s crucial to engage in open discussions with Dr Mistry about potential risks and expected outcomes. This ensures that your expectations align with the realities of the procedure, empowering you to make an informed decision. Dr Mistry is there to guide you and prioritise your well-being, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and voice concerns. Knowledge, trust, and open communication are essential for a successful and satisfying journey towards a more confident you.