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If you plan to have plastic surgery, you need to know that you’re going to be treated with care and concern while you’re being operated on and when you are in recovery. While plastic surgery is elective in many cases, it’s still possible for it to result in complications. Your medical team should be able to prepare for those issues should they arise. If you are hurt because they were unable to care for your health properly, then you may be in a position to claim for medical malpractice.

There are several common risks with plastic surgery that you need to be aware of. First, remember that infections are possible. You will have open wounds for some time, and bacteria can invade those injuries. Your medical team should use sanitary equipment and be particularly careful to remove all equipment following the surgery.

Another thing you may want to consider before opting for an operation is the risk of organ damage. Normally, if a surgery is performed correctly, you won’t have to worry about a doctor nicking your organs with a scalpel or other tool, but there’s the possibility of errors being made. Liposuction in particular is dangerous because of the direct suction around internal organs. That can lead to perforations, which can lead to bleeding or toxins leaking into the blood stream.

Anesthesia can also lead to complications. If an anesthesiologist makes a mistake, you could be at risk of cardiac arrest or other complications. Even if the anesthesiologist isn’t mistaken, preexisting conditions could still lead to permanent injuries.

A surgery does not have to be a life-saving intervention for errors to occur. Understanding medical malpractice is the first step in seeking compensation for damages and losses.