Can I Have Encapsulated Implants Replaced if I Am Now on Coumadin?

I have developed encapsulated implants and I've had them for about 15 yrs now. During this time, I've had to gone on coumadin therapy for replacement of a heart valve. Will I be able to have the procedure done?

Doctor Answers 2


{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}


Coumadin can be stopped and an alternative medication substituted to decrease the risk of bleeding and allow your surgery. You probably need medical clearance as well before the operation.


Best Regards,


John Di Saia MD

Orange Plastic Surgeon

Breast Surgery while on Coumadin?

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Thank you for the question.

Your situation is difficult given that you should not have any type of elective surgery while on Coumadin. Your only option at this point is to discuss your situation with your cardiologist and the risks  associated with stopping anti-coagulation.  My prediction would be that he/she will advise against it.

I would be interested in a follow-up of your situation if you are so inclined.

Best wishes.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.