Will Having Pectoral Implants Interfere With My Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I plan on having my pectoral implants performed by Dr. Eppley.  I will likely want to go with custom implants.  Since receiving my consultation, I had a blood clot in my leg which as of yet is unexplained and I am waiting on my hematologist to get some answers, which I want to understand prior to having surgery. 

I had one other question.  I apologize if I asked this before, but I could not recall.  At some point in the future, I have to have shoulder replacement.  Would you please find out for me if this in any way will be complicated by the pectoral implants? I do not plan on having the shoulder procedures anytime soon.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

A:1) I would agree that any elective surgery be postponed until the origins and/or the treament of a DVT be fully clarified.

2) I don’t think shoulder replacement surgery would be complicated by having pectoral implants. BUT this is a question more accurately clarified by the shoulder surgeon. They obviously will be close but I just don’t know how close.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon