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Surgery Risks

Every plastic and reconstructive surgery carries inherent risks and the possibility of complications. While we take all measures to mitigate these risks, it's important to acknowledge that some risks may be unavoidable. Understanding and minimising these risks is crucial to ensure successful surgery. 


Please use this information as a general guideline for risks involved in surgical procedures. 

During your consultation, Dr Duncan Taylor will discuss the specific risks and potential complications relevant to your unique surgical procedure.


General Possible Complications of
Any Procedure

  • Bleeding

  • Infection at the surgical site

  • Allergic reaction to equipment, materials or medication

  • Blood clot in your leg or lungs

  • Chest infection

  • Acute kidney injury

Serious and Life-Threatening Risks

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): A blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body, usually in the leg. DVT can travel to the lungs and cause a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism (PE).

  • Stroke: A sudden loss of blood flow to the brain that can cause brain damage or death.

  • Cardiac arrhythmia: An abnormal heart rhythm that can lead to heart failure or sudden cardiac death.

  • Heart attack: A blockage in a coronary artery that reduces blood flow to the heart muscle.

Specific Risks Related to Your Procedure


For specific risks related to a procedure, please read the procedure category page and/or the procedure information download sheet on the procedure page.

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