Ohio Hospital Negligence & Medical Malpractice Lawyer Reviewing Breast Reconstruction Injuries and failed surgeries

There are understated risks for women who undergo breast reconstruction after a mastectomy operation. Recent studies published by JAMA in June 2018 underscore a high rate of serious health complications for breast reconstruction patients.

The report notes that one in three breast reconstruction patients will develop a Surgical Injury over the next two years. The study goes on to say that about 20 percent of breast reconstruction injuries are severe enough that they will requires a revision surgery. About 5 percent of reconstruction operations fail.

Researchers stress that although some doctors and surgeons may understate the risks of reconstruction and implants, the procedures are not without risk, and may result in further complications and injury.

But the risks are not always explained to women, and vulnerable patients may be rushed into a hasty operation that can cause damage.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati hospital negligence lawyer and Ohio attorney with experience in injuries due to surgery errors.

Mr. Lyon has represented plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of medical negligence, wrongful death and injury claims. 

Causes of Breast Reconstruction Failure

Many women with a single or a double mastectomy follow immediately with reconstruction and implants. Should complications take place, the implants will need to be removed and replaced.

Tissue complication rate for patients is alarming. Many women with implants will require an additional surgery at some point because implants may need to be replaced after 10 years or more.

Those who used their own body tissue to rebuild a breast had significantly higher rates of complications than those who used artificial implants, according to the JAMA study. In some cases only one breast will reject transplanted tissue, leaving patients with the burden of an additional painful operation.

Types of Breast Reconstruction Injuries

The JAMA studies were based on data from the Mastectomy Reconstruction Outcomes Consortium, which followed 2,300 women who had breast reconstruction surgery.

More than 50 percent of the women had artificial implants, and a third had reconstructions using their own tissue. Risk factors that increase the chance of developing breast reconstruction injuries include advanced age, being overweight, smoking, undergoing bilateral reconstruction, and undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy during or after a reconstruction. Complications included:

  • Infection
  • Rejection of tissue
  • Painful abscesses
  • Mental distress & emotional damage
  • Lack of sexual confidence
  • Pain and suffering
  • Revision Surgery

Some surgeons urge women to immediately seek reconstruction and implants following mastectomies, many purely for confidence purposes. But doctors may be rushing patients.

The JAMA study noted that patients who delayed breast reconstruction were significantly less likely to develop breast reconstruction injuries and complications.

If you or a loved one suffered breast reconstruction injuries following a mastectomy, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.