Will being overweight affect my chances of passing blood work tests and a medical clearance for rhinoplasty? (photo)
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Medical Clearance for Surgery
Instead of being concerned about "passing the clearance", I would suggest having the tests done and deal with the results. If you are significantly overweight, you could be at risk for developing diabetes. It would be better to know that and take appropriate steps to take care of it. Many of the issues you see in overweight patients resolve with weight loss.
Most likely your lab results will be normal.
Overweight for rhinoplasty anesthesia?
Maybe the motivation to prepare for your rhinoplasty presents a good opportunity to improve your diet and exercise regimen, stop any smoking and move toward improving your overall health profile. Lot's of luck and success.
Jon A Perlman MD FACS
Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Extreme Makeover Surgeon ABC TV
Beverly Hills, Ca
Medical clearance, blood work, and overweight.
Overweight patients are at higher risk for problems with general anesthesia. IV lines may be harder to place. Airway tubes may also be challenging. The dosage of medications may need to be adjusted.
For elective cases, it's best to to make the situation as safe as possible. Some medical conditions require a change in the anethesia plan. Others medical conditions may be cause to cancel the surgery if it is too dangerous to put the patient to sleep.
Your primary care physician will coordinate the initial tests and the anesthesiologist will do a risk assessment. This may be before your surgery day. Safety comes first!
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