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What are the risks of immediate prosthetic breast reconstruction?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
The main risk factors for immediate prosthetic breast reconstruction include bleeding followed by infection. Bleeding or a hematoma is the most common complication after any surgical procedure. This may occur in approximately 1% of surgeries. This is followed by infection with approximately 0.6% occurrence. Other early complications may include seroma formation, skin necrosis, fat atrophy, deep venous thrombosis (pelvic or lower extremities), pulmonary embolus, anesthesia related problems, and death.

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