Complications of Surgery

Plymouth Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Clinic



 Medical mishaps have received a great deal of scrutiny in the press in recent months.

It is a sad but true fact, that all interventions and surgical procedures are associated with risks of complications.

Very rarely, even in routine surgery, things can go catastrophically wrong; for example patients can develop blood clots in their legs (Deep Vein Thrombosis) which if they break off and spread to the lung (Pulmonary Embolus), can prove fatal.

At POSIC, we do everything we can to reduce the risks of complications.  We also think it is really important that we discuss these issues with you before you make the choice to ndergo surgery.  And it is also really important that you ask any questions that you want to.  We will not take offence if you ask about our experience or outcomes.  There is no such thing as a stupid question; only a question that you want an answer to.  Do tell us about your past medical history, the drugs you are on, any allergies you may have and finally any relevant family history.


By following established best practice protocols, but also by knowing and treating you as an individual, we believe that we can minimise the incidence of complications, ensuring the best possible outcomes from surgery.