There are indeed risks that a breast augmentation surgery can have. Some of the more common ones include the need for additional surgeries to correct the placement of a breast implant. This may involve its complete removal and replacement. Scar tissue can also from around the breast implant, which can squeeze it and possibly lead to it rupturing – this can cause a saline-filled implant to deflate or for a silicone gel-filled one to leak its contents into the body. Other risks include changes in sensation of the nipple and breast or even breast pain.
Common Risks during Breast Augmentation
More serious risks and complication can include the incision site taking longer to heal properly, a bacterial or fungal infection arising from contaminants intruding into the incision at the time of the surgery or shortly after that, swollen or enlarged lymph nodes or other types of inflammation, or even the development of necrotic tissue around the breast.
The development of some of these complications can occur through no fault of the surgeon or even the patient. However, in the case of many, negligence on the part of medical staff can be a contributing factor or can cause a heightened risk of these complications developing. In cases such as these, it may be necessary for additional medical care, including surgeries, to correct the problem.
Medical Negligence and Breast Augmentation Surgery Malpractice
In cases where surgical staff is responsible for the development of complications related to breast implants, a patient suffering from these complications may be able to seek compensation for their injuries. However, before that can occur, a patient needs to be able to prove that the injuries they sustained rise to the legal threshold that defines not just medical malpractice but all sorts of negligence.
First, an individual looking to bring a medical malpractice case against a surgeon or other medical professional needs to prove that not only a duty of care existed flowing from the surgeon to the patient but also that the surgeon failed in this duty to care. This failure also called a breach, also has to have been either the direct and proximate cause of the injury in question. Then it needs to be demonstrated that the medical practitioner that caused the injury was acting in a manner that didn’t adhere to the accepted standard in providing care. Finally, the injury must have led to some damages, even if just emotional and psychological, though in the case of a second surgery necessitated only by an initial surgery the time missed from work due to recovery could result in financial losses as well. This last requirement can be misleading, though, as damage and injury can result from medical procedures even without any negligent acts on the part of medical staff.
If all of these conditions can be met, the chances of an injured patient prevailing in a medical negligence case against their surgeon are relatively high. Many defendants in such a situation will offer a settlement before a case can even go to trial.