Is an 8 hour surgery safe?
Doctor Answers 13
Combination procedures are safe and very effective in the right hands. The surgeon HAS to be an expert in EACH procedure and must have a lot of experience in performing combination procedures and can minimize the operative time. For example, we work in a team and would take around 4-5 hours for the complete operation. This allows us to get better results with less surgical time and less trauma. Our patients are typically wlking the same day and tapering off of pain medications by 4-5 days. By a week, our internattional patients are generally touring around Cartagena enjoying the sites of this UNSECO World Heritage City. Patients progress to unrestricted activities by 2 months, just as the final results are settling in.
Combination procedures can give powerful results but SAFETY is KEY. You definitely have to choose your surgeon correctly and make sure that he/she has the training and experience to meet your goals with absolute safety. Don’t settle for less than a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with specialized expertise in this procedure.
Surgical safety for a cosmetic procedure
In general, a 6 hour operation is a reasonable limit.
After that, the risks rise - although if you are young and healthy, chances are you will be fine.
But complications including blood clots in your legs become more likely - and these are serious.
- If the surgery is going to take a long time because you are overweight, it might be better to split the procedures.
- What about discussing with your surgeon your priorities - e.g. do the tummy tuck first, then the lift.
- If there is time, do the implant and if not - place it later.
- Or ask your surgeon if having a technical assistant will help shorten the surgery.
- With a good assistant helping with skin suturing, time can be significantly reduced.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Hope you found this answer helpful. Best wishes.
You might also like...
Is an Eight Hour Surgery Safe?
This question can only be properly addressed and answered during a consultation with your Board Certified plastic surgeon. Each case must be considered individually as a patients general health, the combination of procedures under consideration, anesthesia, and facility all have bearing on this decision.
I personally feel that risks for complication in body contouring surgery rise significantly after 5 hours of surgery. I would strongly consider staging your proposed 8 hours of surgery into two separate surgical sessions.
I would recommend that you contact your surgeon to discuss your concerns. I am quite certain that he/she will be happy to review the plan and make any modifications needed to ensure that your safety is a priority.
Best of luck!
I would stage proceudures if I were you...
Combination surgical procedures are done on a routine basis. However, you are wise in being concerned about the safety of combination surgery; risks/possible complications do increase with increased length of surgery… Unfortunately, death is one of the very rare, but possible occurrences.
It is best to evaluate each patient's suitability for combination surgery on an individualized basis. During this consultation process, after a complete history and physical, the SAFETY of combining these surgical procedures becomes of paramount importance. Plastic surgeon, anesthesia provider, duration of surgery, surgery facility all important considerations. Your best bet: choose your plastic surgeon very carefully; everything else including anesthesia provider and safe surgery facility will follow. Best wishes.
Mommy makeover and liposuction
Is an 8 hour surgery safe?
Is an 8 hour surgery safe?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Is a Mommy Makeover Procedure Safe
The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair. The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.
#Combining these procedures decreases anesthetics, costs, and recovery time. Most importantly, your procedures should be performed by a #PlasticSurgeon who is board-certified and has a great deal of experience specializing in cosmetic #surgery. You will then greatly improve your chances of getting the result you desire, and, without the need for a revision surgery. It is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.
All surgical procedures carry some degree of #risk. Always discuss your issues and concerns with the Plastic Surgeon during and following your consultation. Information that you read online may not apply to your personal situation.
It is imperative you select a plastic surgeon who is #board-certified and has a great deal of experience with the procedures included with a Mommy Makeover. . Aside from checking board-certification, it is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.
Not for elective aesthetic procedures
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.