Tissue Flap Surgery for Breast Reconstruction
Many of the risks associated with breast reconstruction are the same as those with any surgery: infection, poor wound healing, bleeding, or a reaction to the anesthesia used in surgery.
Other risks associated with tissue flap surgery include:
- Tissue death if blood supply to the flap is not restored. This could cause the need for more surgery.
- Collection of blood or clear fluid in the wound.
- Ongoing pain or discomfort in the breast area.
- Muscle weakness in the area where muscle is removed.
- Abnormal scarring.
Some women are at higher risk for problems, so tissue flap surgery may not be a good choice for them. This includes women who:
- Are obese (Reference BMI Opens New Window over 35).
- Have Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window.
- Have Reference diabetes Opens New Window.
- Are in poor health.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 9, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology