Breast surgery compensation claims are made on a regular basis due to the negligence or carelessness of certain medical professionals who have not performed the surgery as they should have done or not advised the patient correctly before or after surgery.
Breast augmentation is a common procedure chosen by many women and sometimes men, to either enhance their appearance or for medical reasons such as to reduce the size of the breasts.
Either way careful consideration should be taken when electing to undergo breast implant or breast reduction surgery. Being aware of the process and what is expected will help anyone make an informed decision if they are considering making a clinical negligence claim against the medical professional who carried out the surgery.
How breast implant surgery should be performed
The process of breast implant surgery and the methods used for positioning and implanting the breast implants varies on the requirements and preferences of the individual together with their anatomy and of course the surgeon’s advice and recommendations.
The normal way breast implants are inserted is via a small incision made in the crease just under the breast or in some cases a small incision is made in the armpit. In both processes the incision is closed with tiny dissolvable sutures and tape to support.
Typically the surgeon will place the implants on top or underneath the chest muscle. If the implants are positioned underneath the chest muscle it will generally reduce the chance of capsular contracture which is the body’s natural immune system being triggered to act against the implant. Capsular contracture can cause discomfort pain and disfigurement to the breasts.
Breast implant surgery requires a general anaesthetic and the surgery itself normally takes around one and a half hours.
If the breast surgery has not been carried out in this way and the cuts have been poorly stitched it could potentially raise a red flag on the surgeon’s capabilities and potentially be grounds to raise a claim for medical negligence.
As with all types of surgery, there can be risks involved. It is important that anyone undergoing breast implant surgery is made aware of these risks and fully understands them. If you were not made aware of the possible risks and may have elected not to go through with the surgery and consequently have suffered an adverse reaction or unnecessary injury as a result, again it could be that you are entitled to make a medical negligence compensation claim.
Possible Risks that could lead to a clinical negligence compensation claim
- Shifting or rupture of implants
- Capsular contracture/ Internal scar tissue
- Further surgery is required
- Loss in nipple sensitivity or hypersensitive nipples
- Breasts not asymmetric
- Anaesthetic reaction
- Creasing caused by visible implant
- Disproportionate bleeding
- Unacceptable results
It is also worth noting that due to the nature of implants, breast implant surgery will need to be repeated approximately every ten years for safety reasons. There are a number of reasons why breast implants may need to be removed including:
- Implant has ruptured
- Deflated or wrinkled implant
- Allergic reaction
- Deposits of calcium
- Breast cancer
How to make a breast surgery compensation claim
Every day in the UK claims are made for clinical and medical negligence compensation following incorrect surgery or after care following breast surgery augmentation.
Just a few years ago many women in the UK discovered that PIP implants had been used in the breast augmentation surgery. PIP implants made by a French company were manufactured using industrial grade silicon which is far more likely to leak and rupture.
Many women found themselves in a situation where they rightly so, wanted the silicone implants removed however could not afford to have the surgery.
Regardless of the reason for having a breast implant removed if another implant is not put in its place the patient will be left with droopy sagging skin which will need to have corrective surgery to put right.
The cost of removal of a breast implant can vary greatly so when considering having the surgery in the first place this should be taken into consideration as you may not be able to make a breast surgery compensation claim if the reason for removing the implant is not due to clinical negligence.
As with any type of surgery, the removal of implants carries risks:
- Severe scarring
- Risk of loss of nipple sensation
- Breasts may become shapeless and droopy in appearance.
- Troubled emotionally due to smaller breast size
- Exposure to infection
- Loose skin
- Possible complications with anaesthetic complications
As we have stressed breast augmentation surgery requires considerable deliberation and should not be rushed into. That said, breast augmentation has given many women across the world life changing experiences such as confidence and positivity.
If you have undergone breast surgery and after reading this article you feel that the surgery was not performed correctly or you were not advised of the information you should have been, then please contact our expert medical negligence solicitors at Injury Claims Assistance.
Our specialist solicitors will be able to give you free advice and let you know immediately if you would be able to make a claim for medical negligence.