Thoughts on Tummy tuck surgery while taking Remicade for arthritis? Should it be skipped before/after surgery to help w healing?
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the major concern with Remicade would be if it causes bleeding like other arthritis medicines, including Aspirin. I looked up information on Remicade with shows it does not cause bleeding. However, if you can skip a dose without a problem, you might want to play it safe and skip a dose. Get advice from your surgeon and rheumatologist first.
I'd stop the Remicade
I have had the opposite experience with Remicade. I have had some healing issues in patients who were otherwise great tummy tuck candidates -- they were thin and had never smoked. It was nothing disastrous, but I think you'll heal a lot faster with fewer issues if you skip a dose or 2. I would have skipped this dose and not consider another until about a month after surgery if everything is healing ok. Please let us know how you do! Good luck!
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I've done body contouring procedures for patients on Remicade and have not encountered any problems with wound healing or scar quality. I worked closely with the patient's prescribing physicians to coordinate Remicade dosing that would be most advantageous for wound healing.