Can Getting Sick Affect My Surgery?

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We want you to get the most out of your consultation. If at all possible, it is best to make arrangements for small children to stay home rather than having them join us for your appointments.

You should never have any type of surgery when you’re ill. Your body needs the cells that are fighting your illness to help you heal after surgery. A weakened immune system can cause problems during the recovery process. Additionally, going under general anesthesia when you are sick can have unwanted side effects. You want your body to be fully prepared for the intensive healing required after plastic surgery.

If you get a bacterial infection before surgery, this also increases the risk of infection and other complications. If you are down to the final week before your surgery and you are still sick, speak with your surgeon. He may recommend re-scheduling your surgery to a later date.

Some of the conditions that might lead to a delay of your surgery include:

  • Stomach virus or flu
  • Fever
  • Sinus infection or cold within two weeks of surgery
  • Bronchitis or pneumonia within one month of surgery
  • Infected skin or rash in the surgical area

If you have further questions about preparing for plastic surgery, please contact Gawley Plastic Surgery experienced Glendale, Arizona plastic surgeons today.