Surgical Risks

We expect our results to be good, however, complications can occur. Every surgical procedure involves a certain amount of risk, and it is important that you understand the risks involved. It is impossible for a surgeon to disclose every conceivable risk, and the following points are intended to provide information and help prepare you for surgery. Dr. Schechter will review these issues with you at the time of your consultation.

Scars result from any surgical procedure, but efforts are made to conceal or make them as inconspicuous as possible. Occasionally, excessive scarring can occur.

Signs of inflammation such as tenderness, swelling, and discoloration may last until the incisions are completely healed.

Numbness in or around the incisions may occur. Occasionally this may be permanent. Numbness may also occur in the hands, arms or legs due to the position of the body during surgery.

Infection may occur and require treatment including antibiotics or additional surgery.

Bleeding is possible during or after surgery. Should post-operative bleeding occur, it may require treatment to drain accumulated blood (hematoma) or necessitate a blood transfusion. Wound disruption or delayed wound healing is possible. Some areas may not heal normally and/or may take a long time to heal. Unintentional interruption of blood supply to a flap, skin graft, or part of the operated area may result in its loss. Smokers have a greater risk of skin loss and wound healing complications.

Fluid accumulations infrequently occur, but may require additional procedures for drainage.

Asymmetry (noticeable difference in the size and shape) between the two sides of the operated area may result.

Rectal Injury: Inadvertent entry into the rectum may occur. This would necessitate immediate closure of the opening, closure of whatever vagina has been created, and the immediate or later creation of a colostomy (exteriorization of the colon in order that waste does not pass through the rectum).

Urethral, bladder, intestinal injury: Inadvertent entrance into the urethra, urinary bladder, or peritoneal cavity is a possibility and could cause later scar contracture or other unforeseeable problems in the future.