Arm Lift Risks

Arm Lift in Sydney – Risks

What are the risks of an arm lift in Sydney?

All procedures carry some risk. Having your procedure done in an accredited hospital minimises your risk during your arm lift in Sydney. The best way to categorise risks is to divide them into the risks of having a general anaesthetic, things that can go wrong during the procedure, things that might happen in the first few weeks and things that might happen further down the track.

Generally speaking, patients undergoing elective surgery have very minimal risk, but it is a doctor’s duty to inform patients of all their material risks. When you have an arm lift in Sydney with Dr Gavin Sandercoe, we want you to make the most informed decision. Our consent package details these risks, but the following is a quick list.

Risks of having a general anaesthetic

•    Areas of lung collapse and pneumonia
•    Clots in the legs (DVT) which can move to the lungs (Pulmonary Embolism)
•    Allergies
•    Awareness
•    Death (risk in Australia is about one in a million, you are at more risk driving to and from the hospital)

Things that can go wrong in the operation

•    Bleeding
•    Damage to surrounding structures

Things that might happen in the first few weeks

•    Collections of fluid or blood within your arm
•    Sensation changes in the arm
•    Firmness
•    Delayed healing
•    Irritation from dressings

Things that might happen long term

•    Poor scars
•    Asymmetry
•    Skin contour irregularities
•    Changes in size and shape with age & weight fluctuations

During your consultation about your arm lift in Sydney, your specialist plastic surgeon will explain all these risks, what they do to avoid and treat them, and the rates at which they occur. We offer our patients two consultation appointments, in which you will have the opportunity to ask your surgeon all of your questions about having an arm lift in Sydney.

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