While it’s tempting to think that complications only happen to others and would never happen to yourself, that’s simply an unrealistic approach to your liposuction surgery. Here are some of the risks and complications associated with the procedure.
There are some risks that accompany any surgical procedure, and liposuction surgeries are no different. One of the most common risks includes an infection at the incision site. These infections are most often either bacterial or fungal in nature, and could either take root during the procedure itself because of poor sterilization of medical tools or conditions within the operating room – rare except for in cases of medical malpractice – or after the procedure during convalescence. Another common risk is that of toxicity or poor tolerance of the anesthetic used on patients to put them under for the procedure. Individuals who have allergies to certain medications can have adverse reactions such as labored breathing.
More specific risks associated with liposuction surgery include swelling or edema burns from ultrasound-assisted liposuction caused by the ultrasound probe overheating, and necrosis of the skin immediately above the liposuction site. In some cases, these risks even include the possibility of death either during the procedure itself or sometime shortly afterward, though statistical analysis has revealed that the mortality rate for liposuction surgery could be as low as three deaths for every 100,000 surgeries.
Coping with Mistakes
In many cases, complications arising from liposuction surgery aren’t the fault of anyone. The human body reacts in unpredictable ways; for example, if you didn’t know you were allergic to a certain drug used for anesthesia there would have been no warning that you were going to have an adverse reaction to it being administered to you. However, there are other instances where your complication could be from negligence on the part of a medical professional who acted inappropriately, or failed to act in an appropriate manner.
There are some important distinctions that need to be made when it comes to proving medical malpractice. As a form of professional negligence, medical malpractice has higher thresholds that need to be met than a traditional case of negligence. In addition to needing to prove that a surgeon or other medical professional violated an existing duty of care they had to you and that an injury occurred from this breach that led to damages, the breach of care also has to be in direct opposition to the accepted standard practices for medical personnel conducting liposuction surgeries.
If, and only if, the actions of the surgeon meet these advanced thresholds can there be a suit for medical malpractice be brought against them. If you don’t know or cannot determine if your injuries stemming from liposuction surgery meet these thresholds, you should consult a qualified lawyer or law firm with experience in representing those who have been injured in the past. This will ensure that they have the skills and expertise to tell you if your case will never see the light of day or if it has a chance of being a winner for you.