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 (BMI over 35).
- Have high blood pressure.
- Have diabetes.
- Are in poor health.
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