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In a recent study that looked at about 25,000 people who had abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, between 2008 and 2013, researchers found that 4 percent of the people suffered major post-surgery complications, which is higher than the average rate of 1.4 percent for other cosmetic surgery procedures. According to statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in the United States, abdominoplasty is the 6th most common cosmetic surgery.

In a recent study that looked at about 25,000 people who had abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, between 2008 and 2013, researchers found that 4 percent of the people suffered major post-surgery complications, which is higher than the average rate of 1.4 percent for other cosmetic surgery procedures. According to statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in the United States, abdominoplasty is the 6th most common cosmetic surgery.

An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to remove fatty tissues and tighten the skin of the lower and middle abdomen area. Out of the thousands of tummy tuck procedures performed each year, a majority of patients do not experience major problems and are satisfied with the results. However, like any other surgery, there are risks associated with tummy tucks and complications may occur.

Risks and Potential Complications of Abdominoplasty

Any surgery results in pain and swelling and a tummy tuck is no exception. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medications to help ease your discomfort and pain. You will also be given instructions to care for your incisions so that the risk of complications is reduced.

Serious negative complications can be potentially caused by general anesthesia, even if you have been put under general anesthesia successfully before. The risk can be reduced when a local anesthetic is used, but both types of anesthesia are not risk-free. Other possible complications that could include infection, blood clots, allergic reactions, bleeding during or after the surgery, excessive swelling and bruising, loss of skin sensations, scarring and slower healing times.

Although it is non-medical, another potential complication is the patient’s dissatisfaction with the results of the procedure. There are rare cases where additional surgery is required to improve results and satisfy the patient.

While they are uncommon, at times, complications can and do occur. There is an increased risk of complications developing if you smoke, have diabetes or other diseases, take certain medicines, or there is a family history of blood clots. It is important to make sure that you discuss all of these issues with your surgeon before you decide to proceed with your tummy tuck surgery.

According to the study mentioned above, researchers found that there was an increase of risk of complications when tummy tucks were combined with other plastic surgery procedures. 31 percent of patients developed complications when they had only a tummy tuck. However, the rate was 6.8 percent among those who had a tummy tuck combined with a body-contouring procedure. The complication rate rose to 10.4 percent among those who had a tummy tuck combined with liposuction and body contouring.

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If you have had a tummy tuck and suffered complications after getting the procedure done, you should find out if your surgeon was careless or negligent. If you have proof that there was negligence involved, you should get a medical malpractice attorney to represent you so that you get compensation. Contact the attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212-344-1000. You can find out if you have a viable case free of charge.

The first meeting is free. You do not have to pay us until we settle or possibly win the verdict and since we only take a percentage it is like you never pay us at all.