Wait time Between Breast Reduction And Gall Bladder Surgery?

How long to wait for breast reduction after gall bladder surgery or vice versa

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Waiting between procedures

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Most surgeons will view 6 weeks as the healing time for common surgical procedures, so this I would say is the minimum.


The body needs to recover from the healing process so a longer period will be beneficial. You will be the best judge of when you have recovered and are back to normal activities and then it may be time to consider a second procedure.


Jeremy Hunt


A breast reduction can be done fairly soon after in uncomplicated cholecystectomy.

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You can probably safely have a breast reduction even a few days after cholecystectomy. This of course would be done with the full consent of the general surgeon and plastic surgeon.

Timing of a breast reduction

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You just want to be fully recovered and released by the general surgeon prior to a breast reduction.  A breast reduction is a large operation and with a laproscopic gall bladder surgery the recovery is not going to be as long or stressful to your body. If you have medical condition I would do the gall bladder first, just to be on the safe side.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Time between BR and gallbladder surgery

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From a recuperation/anesthesia standpoint, you should space the procedures at least six weeks apart. If the gallbladder operation is purely elective, then the order is up to you. However, if you are symptomatic and having attacks, then this should be the priority. Best wishes.

Wait time Between Breast Reduction And Gall Bladder Surgery?

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There is no correlation between breast reduction and gall bladder surgery.  Especially now that almost all gall bladder surgery is done laparoscopically, the two procedures will really not effect each other.  But generally speaking a 6 week waiting period between surgical procedures is wise because this is how long it takes the body to adjust and normalize in terms of the overall stress from surgery.

Ruben B. Abrams, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Wait time Between Breast Reduction And Gall Bladder Surgery

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There are no rules on this but there is a slightly higher rate of certain complications when some surgeries are done in a short period of time. Since surgery & anesthesia can rarely trigger a gallbladder attack, you may want to do the gallbladder surgery before the breast reduction. You may discuss this with your surgeons.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Timing between Gallbladder and Breast Reduction Surgery?

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Always best to check with the surgeons involved to see if either has specific preferences/recommendations. Assuming there are no complications with either surgery, probably best to wait at least one month between  operations.

Best wishes for successful outcomes with both operations.

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