Is There Harm with Taking an Antibiotic Before Surgery?

My surgery is schedule for 12/28. I have come down with possible sinus infection and started taking and antibiotic on 12/18. I will be taking it for 8 days. I am having a BR and a TT. I know I must get my sinus cleared up first. I'm just wondering could there be a problem going into surgery with this amoxicillin in my system when I know they will have me on another antibiotic during Surgery. Thank you in advance for your response.

Doctor Answers 20

Antibiotics prior to surgery

Antibiotics should be ok, but I would make sure your sinus infection is cleared. Good luck with your surgery.


New York Plastic Surgeon
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Antibiotic Prior to Surgery Harmful

     In general, antibiotics prior to an operation will not negatively impact results.  However, having a sinus infection that has not been fully treated should delay the surgery.  Let your doctor make the call. 

Antibiotic before surgery

Let your surgeon know what is going on as soon as possible.
Taking antibiotics before your surgery is not a problem. Your concern should be to take care of your infection and make sure that it has cleared up before surgery.
Best of luck to you!

N. Bill Aydin, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Taking Antibiotics Before Surgery

Taking antiobiotics before surgery is fine. You need to tell your surgeon about this and your sinus infection. If your sinus infection is not cleared up before surgery this may delay it.

Sinus infection

I am more worried about the infection then the antibiotics. Check with your surgeon. Your safety is first. He/she may not want you with breathing apparatus in your throat with an upper respiratory infection. Best of luck. 

Leland Deane, MD
Long Island Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Sinus infection and MM

In terms of infections and elective plastic surgeries I take a very individualized approach.  If the infection is cleared, finish off the antibiotic and move forward.  If there are any signs of toxicity such as chills, fevers, persistent redness, myalgias, arthralgias... you're just not going to be very happy after surgery.  It doesn't make any sense to continue.  Rescheduling in that scenario is best.  Often times, we're just unsure of how you're doing because enough time hasn't passed.  Consider a WBC before moving forward.  Your plastic surgeon really needs to help you figure this one out because typically we don't have enough information for those cases that are tough calls.  I've not encountered a problem with this approach.

Ricardo A. Meade, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Sinus infection before surgery

Having amoxicillin in your system prior to surgery is not problematic - the major issue here is making sure your infection has cleared up before proceeding with elective surgery. You should let your surgeon know ASAP what you're dealing with so that he or she can make sure it is safe to proceed.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Taking antibiotic before Mommy Makeover.

An advantage of elective surgery is that you should be in the best condition for surgery as possible.  Please speak with your Plastic Surgeon candidly as to what is your current condition.  He/She may want to reschedule you when you are closer to 100 percent.  Each case is different, so let him/her know what is going on so you can both plan the best outcome for you.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Taking Antibiotics Prior to Surgery

Thank you for your question.

In general, it is fine to have antibiotics in your system prior to surgery BUT I would highly recommend that you talk to your plastic surgeon and let him/her know about your sinus infection and also get clearance from your primary care to proceed with surgery.  

It is in your best interest to be as healthy as possible prior to this "elective" surgery.  

Flu/Sinus Infection/Cold Increase Risks and Complications Of Mommy Makover Surgery- ask Dr Ellen

Hello Cocoa19,

That is a great question and it is very important to understand that any signs and symptoms related to a cold, flu or sinus infection within 3 days of your Mommy Makeover, are all appropriate reasons to reschedule your elective surgery. 

Not only can a viral or bacterial infection lead to direct problems with your sites of surgery, but also can worsen your lung and sinus congestion-  particularly when general anesthesia is utilized- and even moreso if you are a smoker.

It is always better to err on the side of safety and take a conservative approach to scheduling elective surgery.  For these reasons, I would request medical clearance from your medical doctor in advance of performing your surgery and include the opinion of the anesthesiologist with whom I work, before proceeding with surgery.

Thanks for asking!  Dr Ellen

Ellen A. Mahony, MD
Westport Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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