As the other plastic surgeons have noted, if your cardiologist clears
you for breast augmentation you can feel confident about moving ahead.
ensure you have the safest possible procedure, and to minimize any
anxiety for you, I'd recommend a few other measures. Ensure your
doctor's surgical facility is fully accredited by a respected
organization such as the Joint Commission or the AAAASF, and that your surgeon has
privileges in at least one reputable hospital nearby. Look into the background of your anesthesiologist; you may want to work
with an M.D. anesthesiologist, knowing he or she is a fully-trained
doctor. You might also be interested to find out how long your
anesthesiologist and plastic surgeon have practiced together. Finally,
if the thought of having general anesthesia bothers you, choose a
plastic surgeon who offers IV or "twilight" sedation for breast
augmentation. For many people, the thought of being lightly asleep
during surgery without the need for a breathing tube is comforting.
Elliot Jacobs, M.D.
Thank you for your question. If your cardiologist clears you for aesthetic plastic surgery and the anesthesiologist who will be taking care of you approves then you may go ahead with a breast augmentation.
No worries, once your cardiologist has cleared you for general anesthesia you should be good to go.
Gary Horndeski M.D.
Thank you for your question. Resting heart rate is quite variable, and can be low in an athletic, young person. An evaluation with a cardiologist like you have done will determine if your heart rate is normal and be able to clear you for surgery. Once this happens, it should be safe to proceed with your augmentation.
Your anesthesiologist will also review your health and heart rate before surgery. It is important to use a qualified anesthesiologist in an accredited facility to maximize your safety for your augmentation. In the proper setting, breast augmentation is a safe procedure.
Best of luck with your augmentation.
You need a full cardiology workup, which you are having. If everything is normal, than you simply have a slow heartrate and no abnormalities. Make sure your surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon and you are having your surgery in a fully accredited Operating Room.
Many young healthy athletic patients have a low heart rat in the mid to high 40's. If a cardiologist or internist feels that yours is normal, then it should be ok. Good luck.
It sounds like you have taken all the right steps prior to your surgery. If you have clearance from your cardiologist then you should proceed with your breast augmentation.
You are correct that you must receive medical clearance from the cardiologist prior to surgery. If the slow heartbeat is not part of a larger medical problem, I would anticipate that you will receive clearance and should be able to undergo surgery with no untoward risks. Best of luck!
Be sure to have a cardiologist do a complete consultative workup before surgery and have your cardiologist talk to your plastic surgeon and your anesthesia person (preferably an anesthesiologist/MD) before your surgery.
If your cardiologist clears you for surgery under general anesthesia, then You should be able to safely undergo the procedures. Good luck!