My surgery is in two weeks and I'm sick with a cold. What should I do?

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Elective surgery in a patient with an upper respiratory tract infection.

This decision will be made by your surgeon and anesthesiologist. If you are recovering from a URI in your lungs are clear there really is no contraindication. If you are significantly ill with elevated temperature or significant congestion in the operation would be postponed.

Elective surgery in a patient with an upper respiratory tract infection.

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This decision will be made by your surgeon and anesthesiologist. If you are recovering from a URI in your lungs are clear there really is no contraindication. If you are significantly ill with elevated temperature or significant congestion in the operation would be postponed.

Tell your surgeon

Tell your surgeon that you’re sick. They may reschedule your surgery if you don’t get better. In the meantime, please take care of yourself  - two weeks is a long time and hopefully you’ll get better by your surgery date!

Tell your surgeon

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Tell your surgeon that you’re sick. They may reschedule your surgery if you don’t get better. In the meantime, please take care of yourself  - two weeks is a long time and hopefully you’ll get better by your surgery date!

Sick prior to surgery

You should definitely contact your plastic surgeon's office and follow their recommendations.  I would recommend also scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician to see if they think you need a course of antibiotics to treat your symptoms.

It is not advised to have elective surgery if you are ill.  Perhaps you have time to recover prior to your scheduled date.  

Sick prior to surgery

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You should definitely contact your plastic surgeon's office and follow their recommendations.  I would recommend also scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician to see if they think you need a course of antibiotics to treat your symptoms.

It is not advised to have elective surgery if you are ill.  Perhaps you have time to recover prior to your scheduled date.  

Question for surgeon

I am sorry, that is no fun. Definitely reach out to your surgeon and keep in close contact, only he/she can make that decision. But you definitely want to be healthy before going under for surgery. best of luck! Dr. Kim

Daniel B. Kim, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Question for surgeon

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I am sorry, that is no fun. Definitely reach out to your surgeon and keep in close contact, only he/she can make that decision. But you definitely want to be healthy before going under for surgery. best of luck! Dr. Kim

Daniel B. Kim, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Flu before surgery

I would let your doctor know and hope the symptoms improve.You do not want a flu/cold and be put to sleep.

Flu before surgery

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I would let your doctor know and hope the symptoms improve.You do not want a flu/cold and be put to sleep.

Cold and upcoming surgery ...what to do

The first thing to do is contact your PS and get his/her evaluation. In my practice there are two conditions which definitely cancel  surgery. #1. fever of any type, #2. nasal and upper respiratory congestion. Obviously, your general overall health must be considered. Better to be very healthy when undergoing elective surgery !

Don Fontana, MD
Waldorf Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Cold and upcoming surgery ...what to do

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The first thing to do is contact your PS and get his/her evaluation. In my practice there are two conditions which definitely cancel  surgery. #1. fever of any type, #2. nasal and upper respiratory congestion. Obviously, your general overall health must be considered. Better to be very healthy when undergoing elective surgery !

Don Fontana, MD
Waldorf Plastic Surgeon

Sick with cold before surgery?

Thank you for your question, I suggest letting your plastic surgeon know, see your primary doctor to provide medication and have some rest. It all depends on how medication works and how you before your surgery. You can always reschedule until your completely healed. Best of luck.

Sick with cold before surgery?

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Thank you for your question, I suggest letting your plastic surgeon know, see your primary doctor to provide medication and have some rest. It all depends on how medication works and how you before your surgery. You can always reschedule until your completely healed. Best of luck.

Illness before surgery

You will have to see what transpires between now and your surgery date. You should give your doc's office a heads up.

Illness before surgery

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You will have to see what transpires between now and your surgery date. You should give your doc's office a heads up.

Surgery with a cold

Thank you for your question.

 Surgeons typically do not like to perform an elective surgery on patients who have a cold. I strongly recommend that you promptly inform your surgeon that you have a cold. I hope you find this information useful.

Surgery with a cold

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Thank you for your question.

 Surgeons typically do not like to perform an elective surgery on patients who have a cold. I strongly recommend that you promptly inform your surgeon that you have a cold. I hope you find this information useful.

Sick with a cold two weeks before surgery

It is always best to be fully fit before planned surgery.  You may be fully fit in two weeks but it is best to advise your surgeon of your situation.

Alastair J. Platt, FRCS (plast)
Hull Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Sick with a cold two weeks before surgery

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It is always best to be fully fit before planned surgery.  You may be fully fit in two weeks but it is best to advise your surgeon of your situation.

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