If Breast Lift and Implants Are Done Overseas, What Happens If I Encounter Complications?
- Asked by susie tx
- 1 year ago
i have been considering getting my surgery done overseas, and i was wondering if i get breast lift with implants done,and i encounter any complications when i get back will i be able to go to a surgeon in my area for help? or will they deny me because i didn't get it done with them. or what can i do if this does happen
Overseas Surgical Compllications
In my geographical area I see numerous patients who have had surgery overseas and need assistance with complications after returning home. I am sure that there are many patients who have successfully undergone their surgery and don't require professional followup. While it may be much less expensive to have surgery overseas, the cost of treating and correcting complications could prove to be expensive for some patients. Remember that rules and regulations regarding patient safety are different in every country with the USA having the highest standards.
Problems from overseas surgery
Look Suzie, most of the time everything goes well and you heal fine. The thing you worry aboout is what if there is a problem 1 month down the road. Are you prepared to fly back to the original surgeon? If not then you should seriously consider what your cost savings are in case of a problem. Many plastic surgeons, if they are willing to take you on, will charge you 3-4 times the amount of what the surgery would have cost you in your hometown. Good luck with your decision. Dr. Schuster in Boca Raton.
Surgery In Another Country
If you go to Mexico or elsewhere out of the country, you have no legal protection, probably no medical insurance help, and may have to pay out pocket if problems develop while you are down there. Later, there will be no easy way to see your doctor again if problems or concerns come up with your results.
Few surgeons back in the U.S. are going to be eager to take on issues or problems for a surgery that they did not perform, either.
If you are considering breast implants, I know at least one of the major manufacturers will not honor the free replacement warranty and money you can get towards replacement if the implants were placed outside of the U.S.
It is also more difficult to figure out the certification of your surgeon, or where he operates if your he or she is in another country.
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While having surgery overseas may seem appealing because it is usually more affordable, you may actually end up paying double should you experience complications that need to be treated once you return home. Seek a plastic surgeon who is a member of the ASPS, committed to treating you if you experience complications.
It is never a good idea to have surgery away from where you live, for the very reason that if there are complications who will take responsibility for it and help. Most plastic surgeons will accept a referral from a fellow board certified plastic surgeon who is a member of the American society of oh plastic surgery. But even then its up to the surgeon if they want to deal with a complication where the patient did not trust them to perform the original surgery.
Overseas surgery, what happens if I encounter complications?
One of the biggest advantages to having surgery at home is that your doctor will be able to oversee your care should any complications arise and more importantly you may be able to avoid complications all together if issues are caught early on. Also many have surgery out of the country to save money only to find that there are significant costs involved should they need to be revised by a surgeon who must essentially start treating them from scratch.
In my opinion it is best to seek out a board certified plastic surgeon who is based in North America and who can be available to you should the need arise.
Be well and good luck!
I frequently encounter patients who have had surgery outside the United States and have come back with complications. Many times there people went outside the United States because they did not have the funds to pay the U.S. price. Unfortunately, when they have a complication they do not have the funds to pay for the complication. U.S. physicians are unable to provide treatment because the patients cannot pay the facility or anesthesia fees. If your funds are limited and you cannot afford to pay for potentioal complications, you should reconsider doing the procedure.
Gary Horndeski, M.D.
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I often try to advise my patients keeping in mind their life curcumstances and tailor safe medical care within that framework. While it is possible to have an experienced surgeon perform a good operation overseas, your surgeon is just as important to your postoperative care to be sure you heal well. When everything goes to plan, you could have your procedure and recover well enjoying the new body change. However, when some problems with healing arise, that is the most critical time to have your surgeon at your side. For example, I have had the rare patient who has develped some initial minor wound healing problems that I was able to address immediately and the patient went on to uncomplicated final results. If I had not been so immediately available I would be concerned that the outcome could have been worse. You need your surgeon to help monitor your healing.
The other problem is that were you to return home and develop a serious complication you could have significant difficulty finding a qualified surgeon willing to undertake another surgeons complicated result. I always tell my patients my first job is to make them better and healthy. If I can do that in the framework of making them happy with their goals then we all win.
Problems with surgery abroad
If you have surgery abroad and encounter complications, you likely will be able to find a local surgeon to help you. But you should not expect anyone to do so for free. Complications and revisional procedures are often time consuming and difficult and are usually charged accordingly. I would highly suggest trying to find a local surgeon to perform your surgical procedure. Doing so will significantly increase your chances of having a safe and worry free experience.
Having plastic surgery overseas is usually neither wise nor cost-effective
I regularly see patients who had their surgery done out of the country (usually for financial reasons) and have concerns that require additional surgery. You should know that a breast lift with implants is an operation that can have complications, and not all breast lifts are the same. Some are notorious for having problems (like the Benelli periareolar or "donut" lift).
Even experienced surgeons have patients return for touchups, such as scar revisions. I don't penalize patients who have had their surgery elsewhere; I charge them just what I would if they had their surgery by another surgeon locally and wanted a second opinion. But even so, it is more economical to have the same surgeon take care of any problems in follow-up. My policy is not to charge any professional fee for such a touchup, just for anesthesia (if needed) and the surgery center.
Why are you having surgery overseas? If it is to save a few thousand dollars, I would strongly recommend that you consider having your surgery closer to home. That way your surgeon is available in follow-up. The cost savings is not worth having your surgeon unavailable. Also, if you have a serious complication, it is best to be close to home. I've attached a link that discusses breast lifts, implants, and possible complications.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.