OK to Have Plastic Surgery While Menstruating?
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C-Section Pain VS. Tummy Tuck Pain
You have been misinformed. At least in my practice, patients have told me that the C-section pain was much worse. I believe that this is mainly because the deep layer is cut during a C-section and in a tummy tuck the muscles are sutured but usually there is no cutting. As far as your menstration is concerned, there might be a slight amount of more bruising or bleeding during surgery due to your blood being a little thinner during your period, but the surgeon can easily control this.
Surgery during menstruation
There are not serious complications that occur during surgery or after surgery during menstruation. I presume it could be possible to have very heavy flow and significant blood loss during surgery and create a "perfect storm" situation with blood loss but his would be very unusual.
What is most important is to make sure you do not go to the operating room with an internal tampon device in place. Failure of the doctors and nursing staff being aware of this device coupled with a problem during surgery requiring sedation of the patient and long term recovery or intensive care could catastrophically create a toxic shock situation that could have been avoided. Make sure you go to the operating room with a pad and make sure your care givers are aware of your menstruation.
I find the pain level in my patients from a tummy tuck to be significantly less than a C-section in the same individual in almost all cases.
Surgery and monthly cycle.
Many patients call the day before surgery is scheduled and want to know if they should reschedule their surgery because they have started their cycle. The answer to the question is no. There is no reason to reschedule the surgery and it can be completed safely. In general there is very little blood loss during cosmetic surgery with the exception of liposuction (large volume), and even here the amount is easily manageable. If you have been taking Advil or one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory preparations you will likely bruise more. Concerning the pain level, I have noticed that some women are a bit more sensitive during their cycle, however, this should not be a major concern.
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Menstruation can begin at any time including just before and during surgery. All surgeons have had cases in which their patients began their periods during the procedure and we are used to it. While it may be embarrassing to you just mention it to the surgeon and his staff. It is NOT a big deal.
Plastic surgery is ok while menstruating
Tummy tuck pain vs. c-section?
Menstrual period bleeding and scheduling surgery.
Generally speaking there are no facts that truly support this long held belief. While certain aspects of a period such as bloating and swelling can make one feel uncomfortable and bleeding does occur, it does not appear that patients experience any differences in results.
Having elective surgery while menstruating
Unless you have massive bleeding, there is no reason to cancel your surgery. The pain from mommy makeover surgery is no worse and most likely less than a C-section.
Best of luck.
Surgery and the dreaded menstrual cycle?
This is an old wives tale I think. It is almost impossible to schedule your surgery between her periods. Many times when a patient becomes stressed because of her upcoming surgery her body will go into a different mode and chances are she will start the day before or even the day of surgery. If you have very heavy flow then you should let your surgeon know. This would also depend on the type of surgery you are having and how many procedures you are having done at that time. If you are having a long procedure and will be on the o.r. table for more then 4 hours it may be a good idea to wear a pad rather then a tampon. The best thing is to check with your surgeon.