What Happens if You Get Sick (a Cold,fever, or Sore Throat) the Night Before Your Surgery?

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Sick before planned surgery

Thank you for your question. If in the unfortunate circumstance that you get sick before your surgery, you may have postpone your surgery until you are better again. If you are feeling sick, I would discuss with your surgeon who may help you decide depending on your individual symptoms.

Illness before surgery

Thank you for your question.  While you did not mention what type of surgery you are having, I am assuming it is an elective cosmetic procedure.  You should notify your plastic surgeon immediately so that the surgery can be cancelled and rescheduled for a later time.  Cosmetic surgery is still surgery, and the goal is to eliminate any possible risk of complication.

Mark Deutsch, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Sick before

This is elective surgery.  You should reschedule when you are well.  Donald R. Nunn MD  Atlanta Plastic Surgeon.

Donald Nunn, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Elective Surgery

If you become sick prior to elective surgery it is advisable to reschedule the surgery .You should be in optimal condition prior to the surgery.

What happens if you are sick before surgery/

All cosmetic surgery is completely elective and you should not do anything that could increase your risk of medical complication that is preventable. Most surgeons and anesthesiologists would have you postpone your surgery.

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sick night before surgery

Much of it will depend on the nature and severity of the illness. Ultimately, it will be up to the anesthesiologist and surgeon taking care of you to weigh the pros/cons and decide whether to proceed with surgery as scheduled.

Sachin S. Pawar, MD
Milwaukee Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What Happens if You Get Sick (a Cold,fever, or Sore Throat) the Night Before Your Surgery?

     I would communicate this to your surgeon and let your surgeon decide the appropriate course of action.



Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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