Calf implants are generally the preference of those that require more defined calf muscle and also those that suffer as a result of Spina bifida and polio. Women often suggest that they require a more attractive, slender structure whilst male patients demand a more muscular look.
To give an indication of the normal procedure, incisions are initially placed at the back of the knee, providing for a subtle and discreet scarring area. The implant is then added, following the loosening of the fascia which is aimed at preventing excess pressure. The stitches may or may not be dissolvable. The surgery should generally take no longer than two hours to complete this operation, whilst an over night stay in a hospital may be necessary in some cases. In some patients only one leg requires augmentation, most need bilateral procedures.
Before undergoing calf implant surgery consideration and preparation are vital elements. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets, and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise, as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients are required to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity; including aspirin. It is highly recommended that patients avoid smoking, to speed up the recovery process.
After The Operation
Following the operation swelling should only be to a moderate level, it may be difficult to walk for a period of time and patients should avoid walking any distance. Patients are advised to contact their consultant should swelling become excessive.
Recovering from Calf Implants
For the large majority of adults who obtain calf implants the results will be a success with no undue consequences. Despite this, the capacity for risks and complications remain, as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.
Risks and complications
By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during our calf implant procedures, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consult fully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can suitably discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.
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