Can I Have a Breast Augmentation While I Have a UTI?

I had a UTI and went through a course of cipro. Today, (six days after finishing the antibiotics) I began feeling mild symptoms again. I have a breast augmentation scheduled two days from now. Will I still be able to proceed with surgery? If so, should I begin the second round of antibiotics immediately or wait until after my surgery?

Doctor Answers (10)

UTI

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You should call your surgeon and ask him. Most of us would prefer not to place implants if there is a chance the patient has a UTI


Columbia Plastic Surgeon
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Reschedule

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You should contact your plastic surgeon and let the office know about this.  I would reschedule your operation for another time.  This is an elective procedure and when this type of operation is performed when there is an infection somewhere in the body there is a higher chance of an infection developing at the site of surgery.  An infection around the implant ususally means the implant has to come out.

Thank you for your question.

Ralph R. Garramone, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implants with UTI

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You should try to eliminate any chance of bacteria in your bloodstream before having implant surgery in case the bacteria gets on the implant, and you have to remove the implant to get rid of the infection.  

Dan Mills, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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If you have a UTI, you can take anitbiotices and if it clears up you can go ahead with surgery. Otherwise you should wait.

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If you have a UTI you should wait to place implants.  My suspicion is your diagnosis of a UTI.  Why are you getting such frequent or recurring UTI's?  Is the right antibiotic being used?  Did you have a urine culture done?  What does your current urinalysis show?

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UTI and breast augmentation

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I would certainly recommend waiting until your UTI is under control prior to proceeding with a breast augmentation.  There is a small risk of getting an infection around the implant if you have an infection elsewhere in the body.  I would wait at least a week after you have finished a course of antibiotics and remain as symptomatic for a week.

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You should be on the phone to your surgeon asking him this question. I would be very surprised if he allowed you to have the surgery with a symnptomatic infection. I wouldn't.

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No.  Conditions should be perfect to get implants.

In breast augmentation I have chosen to spend time reviewing photographs with patients to fully understand their expectation of size and shape. Many times this simply raises more questions. I will make measurements and use the implant guides to allow the patient to understand exactly the sizes that are reasonable for their body type and measurements.

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Reschedule your surgery.  It's always a bad idea to perform elective surgery when there is infection elsewhere in the body.  Get your UTI cleared up first.

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