Potential Complication Definitions
Haematoma – Blood can gather under the skin and cause a blood clot. If this does occur, Dr. Van Laeken can drain the area. Indications of a haematoma are a firm, painful lump that causes colour change in the skin. This rarely occurs after 48 hours post operatively.
Infection – Signs of infection are localized heat, redness, fever, and pain. Dr. Van Laeken can prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection. Occasionally the area will need to be drained.
Seroma – Serum can accumulate underneath the skin. On occasion it is necessary to have the fluid drained.
Necrosis -Tissue loss that can occur when blood supply to the skin and tissue is compromised.
Swelling – There can be persistent swelling in the arm for several months.
Hypersensitivity / Numbness – The sensation of the arm can be altered temporarily or permanently.