Having surgery can be daunting and exciting at the same time. It is an experience that can offer life-changing results. However, have you considered what to do should your breast surgery go wrong? 
Suffolk Breast Practice always takes the necessary steps to mitigate the chances of surgery going wrong. However, as with everything in life, nothing is guaranteed. That is why it is always best to be prepared. We have compiled a list of steps should the worst happen. 
 
When Breast Surgery goes wrong 
While there are risks and complications associated with any surgery, most operations will be successful. The success rate will depend on the quality of the clinic and surgeon who will perform the operation. Therefore, it is important that you choose the right surgeon and clinic for your operation. In the event of any complications, you should: 
 
Speak to your surgeon 
It is important to speak to the surgeon who performed the operation, as he or she will be familiar with your circumstance and the operation itself. Explain your concerns to them. The complications you experience may be a normal part of the healing process. If not... 
 
Seek medical advice 
A patient’s health should be a top priority for any surgeon. In the event of any abnormalities, you should contact the clinic where you had the operation. You should be made aware of emergency contact details and processes during your consultation with your surgeon. If you experience life-threatening complications, call 999. 
 
Consider corrective surgery 
If you are unsatisfied with the results of your surgery following the completion of your recovery process, you are free to seek corrective surgery. It is important that you consider the financial implications of a second operation, as well as the benefits and risks associated with further surgery. 
 
File a complaint 
If you feel your breast surgery has gone wrong, you should be able to file a complaint with the hospital or clinic where you had the operation. The complaints procedure should be made clear to you in your consultation with the surgeon. You may wish to contact the General Medical Council if you feel the matter has not been adequately resolved. 
 
Find a new clinic or surgeon 
Trust and communication are vitally important for patients and surgeons. If you feel that your relationship with your surgeon or clinic has deteriorated, consider a fresh start. 
 
We at Suffolk Breast Practice understand how challenging surgery can be. We offer an entirely non-judgement and impartial service sensitive to your needs. We take our patients’ health and desires very seriously. That is why we offer a follow-up service to ensure you receive expert care and attention in your recovery process. 
 
If you are experiencing any complications following your surgery, please feel free to contact us to arrange a consultation. Your needs are our priority. 
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