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I'm starting to get cold symptoms before my surgery.

my pre-op appointment is 9 days away and my surgery is 14 days away. i scared feeling cold symptoms yesterday like coughing and sneezing. since it's so closer to my surgery date, what can i take to minimize my cold symptoms? and if i am still counting and sneezing on the day of surgery, will the doctor still operate on me?

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I'm starting to get cold symptoms before my surgery.

Thanks for the question. You have to inform to your surgeon about it , but i recommend that if you get worst chance the date until you get well and take vitamins C ... hopefully that you recovery soon .Best wishes !!

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Cold symptoms

It is best to honestly share your symptoms with your plastic surgeon.  Hopefully you will feel much better.  But since this is elective surgery, it is best to postpone your procedure(s) if you have full blown upper respiratory/ cold symptoms.  Best wishes.

Dr. Basu
Houston, TX

Getting sick prior to surgery

Hopefully you will be fully recovered prior to your surgery.  If not and you are running a fever with a productive cough the surgery should be delayed.  Make your plastic surgeon aware of your current medical condition.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Sick before planned surgery

Thank you for your question. If in the unfortunate circumstance that you get sick before your surgery, you may have postpone your surgery until you are better again. If you are feeling sick, I would discuss with your surgeon who may help you decide depending on your individual symptoms.

Cold symptoms preoperatively

This would be a good time to contact your surgeon and explain your symptoms.Your surgeon may want to examine you to determine what can be done to optimize your condition preoperatively. Coughing and sneezing in the postoperative period can lead to problems with wound healing. This is purely elective surgery and for you to get the best outcome should make sure you are in the best health possible at the time of your procedure.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Cold symptoms prior to mommy makeover

My advice would be to contact your surgeon now. He/she may start you on an antibiotic prior to your surgery.  It is important that you avoid over the counter medications which may contain aspirin or ibuprofen prior to your surgery.  Let your surgeon know what is going on as he/she is most familiar with your particular case.

Best of luck,

A resulting call will generally not postpone elective surgery.

Your specific decision will be made by your own surgeon and anesthesiologist. An emerging virus generally results in postponement of the case were as a resolving viral Illness often times permits the operation.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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I'm starting to get cold symptoms before my surgery.

You should call you surgeons office and inform them of you symptoms. His advise and elvaluation will be best. Good of luck, Dean Vistnes. 

M. Dean Vistnes, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

I'm starting to get cold symptoms before my surgery.

Best to call your chosen surgeon to inform him/her of you possible cold. If you get any worse than YES cancel your surgery... 

I'm starting to get cold symptoms before my surgery.

Thank you for the question!  I would check-in with your surgeon as soon as possible.  Seasonal allergies do not present a real problem, but a severe cold would be enough to postpone surgery in my clinic.  This is an ellective surgery, so all modifiable risk factors should be optimized prior to undergoing the procedure.  

A visit to your surgeon and primary care physican will help determine the severity of the illness and decisions can be made from there.  Best of luck.

--Dr. Mussman

Jason Mussman, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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