I Have a Mild Productive Cough, Tummy Tuck in 3 Days! Should I Reschedule Surgery?

I have been coughing over a week now with a sore throat , it was bad and it felt like I was coughing up my toenails, cough is productive clear and now its just mild , lungs clear, no fever occ sneeze .. sore throat s gone.. I feel fine... I'm just worried I will be coughing after procedure and make things worse!!!!should I reschedule ???

Doctor Answers 18

Speak with your Surgeon

Ideally you would like to have your surgery when you are healthy and cough free, a cough can affect your comfort level during recovery. Whether or not you have surgery with symptoms should be dicussed with your surgeon. Good luck you!

Key West Plastic Surgeon
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Should I delay my surgery due to cough?

Your health and safety are the primary concern.  For this reason, I would recommend delaying surgery until you are fully recovered.  Having cold symptoms (even just a cough) increases your risk during anesthesia.  General anesthesia involves the use of a ventilator.  Having cold symptoms -especially a productive cough - can make breathing for you difficult.  It can also increase your risk of anesthesia complications after the surgery.  Additionally, coughing will be VERY painful after tummy tuck.

Delaying tummy tuck for a cough

I am glad that you are feeling better but coughing is problematic after tummy tuck. I am surprised that your surgeon isn't already cognizant of the situation because your prep blood values should have reflected a viral condition. If the coughing has over, then your virus may have run its course and then would not pose a problem. This should be discussed with your plastic surgeon as soon as possible.

Reschedule surgery until you feel better

You definitely want to be at your best health prior to any elective plastic surgical procedure.  Coughing after an abdominoplasty will be painful.  Most anesthesiologist will not proceed with an abdominoplasty if you have a fever and productive cough, the risks are just too high.   Wait until you feel better and are in a better position to recover after the surgery.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Coughing after Tummy Tuck

   If a cough is still present, this will increase the pain you will experience after tummy tuck.  You should discuss this with your surgeon and come to a decision on this.

Asthma and Surgery

You should talk to your surgeon and then decide according to your symptoms.
Good luck on the surgery and your recovery!

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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I Have a Mild Productive Cough, Tummy Tuck in 3 Days! Should I Reschedule Surgery?

I am sorry to hear about your concerns prior to your day of surgery. Generally speaking, patients undergoing elective surgery should be at their optimal (or close to) level of health prior to proceeding. It is especially important that there be no compromise of pulmonary function or active source of infection present.
Your plastic surgeon will be the only relevant resource when it comes to determining what medications you can take prior to surgery and your ability to proceed at this time.
Best wishes.

Sick before planned surgery

Thank you for your question. If in the unfortunate circumstance that you get sick before your surgery, you may have postpone your surgery until you are better again. If you are feeling sick, I would discuss with your surgeon who may help you decide depending on your individual symptoms.

I have a mild productive cough, tummy tuck in three days! Should I reschedule surgery?

I would definitely call your board certified plastic surgeon. He or she should be notified. You may also want to speak to your anesthesiologist. If your cough is indeed productive, it may be worthwhile starting antibiotics immediately. If I were your plastic surgeon, I probably would reschedule the case. Potential complication could include developing or worsening a pneumonia. The breathing machine used during general anesthesia for your abdominoplasty may worsen your lung condition. You would have to take extended antibiotics for a pneumonia. Another significant problem you may have if the cough continues, is severe abdominal pain while coughing. Coughing could significantly disrupt the rectus abdominus or six pack muscle repair. Coughing could also interrupt the incision. Bottom line, I do not think it is worth it to rush into a tummy tuck with a productive cough. Hope this helps. Good luck with your surgery. Sincerely, Dr. Katzen

Feeling sick before surgery

That is something that you should definitely discuss with your surgeon. Having a cough could increase your risk of respiratory problems from anesthesia. Also, if you cough after a tummy tuck, it will really hurt and may even stir up bleeding, and you don't want that.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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