Im really concerned since my surgery is January 7.. a lot of people get sick in the winter.. so im really worried about getting sick before my surgery since my doctors papers have a warning about getting a cough or cold... If i get a cough or cold will my surgery be cancelled? or is it only for REALLY bad coughs.. like one that you need to go to the Dr. for because its so bad?
What happens if you get sick with a cough or cold before surgery?
Doctor Answers 32
Best to be as healthy as possible before surgery
Your plastic surgeon, internist and/or anesthesia provider can help determine if postponement is necessary.
May or may not need to cancel surgery
Your surgeon may choose to re-schedule...
It’s not unusual for pre-operative breast augmentation
patients to develop cough and cold symptoms during the winter months of the
year. When this situation arises,
patients should be carefully evaluated by both their plastic surgeon and
colds are minor, it’s probably reasonable to proceed with breast augmentation
surgery.Colds and coughs that are
associated with elevated temperatures, sputum production, signs of influenza,
wheezing and signs of generalized illness should result in cancellation of the
these circumstances, illnesses can progress and significantly complicate the
post-operative course.In some cases,
secondary complications such as pneumonia, infection, bleeding and hematoma
could result.In addition, a chronic
cough can create significant discomfort in the post-operative period.
these reasons, it’s occasionally necessary to cancel breast augmentation
procedures and re-schedule at a later date.It’s important to remember that safety should always be everyone’s first
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In the event that you get sick prior to surgery, please let your surgeon know. The surgeon may still be able to proceed with the surgery safely, but he or she can better prepare you for the procedure.
Possible cold before surgery?
If a cough or a cold is felt to be from an infection, (e.g. rather than allergic symptoms), then it is important to distinguish between a viral or bacterial type. If there is reason to believe it is bacterial, or there is uncertainty about its being one or the other, then it is prudent to postpone surgery. One wants to avoid any contamination and infection of an implant by a blood-borne spread of bacteria.
Re: Cough before surgery
It's important for any surgical procedure that you be in optimal health, particularly for placement of an implant. Your surgeon should be aware of any changes in your health in between your pre-op appointment and surgery. We would never want to jeopardize your surgery or your results by moving forward when the patient is unwell. Surgery would perhaps need to be postponed until full health is regained.
100% healthy when undergoing surgery
At our clinic we perform thorough pre-operative tests to make sure clients are 100% healthy.
The usual contraindications are: high blood pressure, anemia, oral thrush, cough, cold and cold sores. So if you will have a cold the surgery could not be performed as having surgery is a big stress for your body and your imune system is not ready for perfect healing, this is why it is advised to post-pone it.
What happens if I get sick prior to surgery?
Sick before surgery
You always want to make sure you're in good health before undergoing any cosmetic surgery. You're compromised immune system can help cause an infection. Make sure you inform your surgeon if you are concerned. It's always best to play it safe if you want to avoid any infection or complications. Best of luck!
Dhaval M. Patel
Double board certified
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