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What are the risks of delayed autologous tissue breast reconstruction?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

There are risks of delayed autologous tissue breast reconstruction, similar to those of most surgical procedures. Most common complications include bleeding or a hematoma. The second most common complication includes infection (0.6%). Other risks include: deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus, skin necrosis, fat atrophy, cellulitis, seroma formation, need for reoperation, general anesthesia risks, and death. 

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