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Need to Postpone a Tummy Tuck Because of Sinus Infection/cold?

I when I woke up this morning I had horrible body aches and a temp of 100.8. I immediately thought I have the flu. I went to see dr. was put on antibiotics in case I have a bacterial infection. Flu was neg. Right now I have minor sinus pressure but no stuffiness, not body aches. I feel like I'm getting better, but wondering if I should continue with my surgery as planned or reschedule. I have no medical history of any kind. Fit as a fiddle. Just NERVOUS!

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Postponing elective surgery for a cold

It is wise to postpone elective surgery if the patient comes down with a cold, particularly if they have a fever or a cough.

Why add risk to the procedure>\?


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Rescheduling surgery

Hi there-

Because by its nature cosmetic surgery is not necessary surgery, I would ALWAYS recommend that a procedure be deferred until the circumstances can be optimized.

Talk this over with your surgeon.

Postponing Surgery

Postponing surgery of illness is very important. Plastic surgery is elective and you should maximize your chances for an uneventful recovery. Operating when you are sick increases your chances of anesthesia-related complications and chances for a post-operative infection. There is not need to add these risks to your surgery. Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Active infection facing elective surgery

If you were my patient, your surgery would be postponed for safety reasons. You should always apprise your surgeon of changes in your health. Of course you wnat your surgery, but you want to be safe.

Sick for surgery

You should see your surgeon asap and have them check you out. For elective surgery, there is no reason to take any increased risks by having it done when you have a cold or sinus infection. Your risk of wound infection increases and the anesthesia is less safe also. Be conservative with this.

Postpone a tummy tuck

You DID NOT state the surgery date. If you are within a few days to a week than reshedule your operation - better to be safe.

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It depends

You should discuss it with your physician, both primary and plastic the day before surgery. It also depends on anesthesia type, length of surgery, other medical issues.

Edward S. Gronka, MD
Fayetteville Plastic Surgeon
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