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Is it safe to use a tampon while being under anesthesia for rhinoplasty? Or use a pad?

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Use of a Tampon/Pad uder Anesthesia

The battle over using a tampon or a pad mainly refers to the risks of TSS, toxic shock syndrome. This should not be of concern with a rhinoplasty unless you think that after the surgery you would not be able to change your tampon in a timely manner. It is safe to use a tampon during this type of surgery, but a pad may be your safest bet. Speak with the nursing staff and/or your surgeon beforehand as they may have a preference.


Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tampon during surgery

the risk of toxic shock is quite small if you change the tampon regularly.  I have done surgery on patients while a tampon is in place without problems, but definitely check with your surgeon before surgery.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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No tampon during surgery

It is never advisable to use tampon during surgery. The risk of an infection called Staphylcoccal Shock Syndrome is always there. It is better to use a pad and change as necessary.



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Disclaimer: This answer is not intended to give a medical opinion and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty and Menstruation

Rhinoplasty does not effect the safety of tampons or pads. The concern with tampons is that if they are left in too long they can cause toxic shock. If you have anesthesia and are recovering and neglect changing the tampon in a timely manner, problems can occur that will not occur with a pad. For Rhinoplasty this is not usually a big concern, for Tummy Tucks a pad is preferable.

Joseph Mele, MD
Walnut Creek Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty surgery question

Dear ilovecandy,

  • Yes you should be safe either way, a pad is probably better
  • Just change it after surgery
  • Let your surgeon know

Best regards,

Nima Shemirani

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Having period before surgery

We recommend using pad. Please let the nursing staff know about this. Good luck, Dr. Sadati

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

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