Complications

Complications occur with surgery.  In Mr Ecker’s experience one to three people in every 100 (1-3%) will have some form of complication, which can be solved.  It may take several operations or prolonged splinting to achieve the outcome, but the complication can be corrected.  Approximately one in three thousand will have a more severe complication and will be left with a permanent deficit such as numbness, weakness, an area of paralysis, stiffness, loss of motion and in the worst possible outcome, an amputation.   No matter how careful the diagnosis and the treatment, adverse problems can happen.  It is for this reason it is very important that you understand what is causing your problem, what will happen if it is not treated and the expected outcome of surgery.  Some surgical treatments work in nearly all cases.  Others have a much lower success rate.  While there may be a lower success rate, this is often acceptable when considered in the context of the problem that needs to be dealt with.  Mr Ecker will do everything that he can to minimise the risk of complications.  Mr Ecker accepts that they do happen and that it is important for people to be aware that these complications can occur and to consider surgical treatment only when they understand the risks and complications.  He will advise patients of what he believes is the best way to manage their problem and empower people to make a choice which is the best for them.