Is it safe to get Rhinoplasty with general anesthesia with a innocent heart murmur and no other medical issues?

I recently found out I have an innocent heart murmur and my family doctor said its nothing to worry about. I want to have a revision rinoplasty but I'm scared that It will be dangerous because of the murmur. Is it safe to go ahead with the surgery. I'm 30 years old and healthy.

Doctor Answers (8)

Heart murmur

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A non-functional heart murmur and no other cardiac disease does not increase the already small risk of anesthesia. Do be sure to inform your surgeon and your anesthesia provider anyway.


Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Anesthia risks in rhinoplasty

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Heart murmers come in all shapes and sizes.  Fortunately, the majority of murmers require no treatment at all.  Though you will need to undergo anesthesia for your revision rhinoplasty, in a 30 year old patient there is an extremely remote chance of any adverse cardiac issue taking place.  Most importantly is that you trust your family doctor and I am certain that they would be very cautious and send you for further testing if they even had a suspiscion of something more significant with your cardiac status.

Philip S. Schoenfeld, MD
Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Innocent heart murmurs

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An "innocent" murmur, by definition, is not a medical problem, and would pose no additional risk. The question becomes is the murmur truly "innocent?"

In a 30 year old healthy person, statistically, the answer is "probably." A cardiologist can help confirm, and a consultation would be appropriate.

Laxmeesh Mike Nayak, MD
Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Revision rhinoplasty + newly discovered heart murmur? Play it safe.

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There are several types of heart murmurs and some are referred to as 'physiologic' or 'incidental', meaning they pose no risk to you or your heart. Some heart murmurs require that you take an antibiotic one hour before surgery or dental work. My advice would be to not let the discovery of this heart murmur deter your plans to undergo a revision rhinoplasty, but definitely see a cardiologist first to make sure it's ok to proceed. Have your heart checked by an expert so that you are clear to proceed with the revision rhinoplasty, or any other procedure you might need in the future. Play it safe.  

Randolph Capone, MD
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Rhinoplasty and heart murmur

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You need to see your cardiologist. If your cardiologist says it is nothing then  he can give clearance for surgery. Best of luck.

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Rhinoplasty with Presence of Heart Murmur

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If you've been told not to worry about your heart murmur you probably will be able to have your surgery without additional risk. HOWEVER, you need to get clearance from your cardiologist before your revision rhinoplasty.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
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revision rhinoplasty candidate and heart murmur

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There are many different reasons heart murmurs occur, so  It is best to be checked out by a cardiologist to get clearance prior to general anesthesia for the rhinoplasty procedure.

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Heart murmur and surgery

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Without knowing what kind of heart murmur you have I cannot tell you whether surgery is safe. It is likely safe as most heart murmurs are minor and do not prohibit you from receiving general anesthesia. For certain murmurs, you will need to be on antibiotics prior to surgery. If your family doctor found the murmur I would also pose the question with your family doctor. 

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