Why Surgery Should Be Postponed for a Flu or Cold
By Sheryl Pilcher on September 18, 2018
Cold and flu season is just around the corner. Many of our patients ask if they can still undergo facial plastic surgery or other procedures if they are sick. There are several reasons why this is not a good idea.
To minimize the risk of infection and other serious complications, it is best to wait until the sickness has run its course. Here, our team at Accent Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, TX explains why surgery should be postponed for a flu or cold. We also offer a few tips to help you avoid getting sick before your appointment date.
How Colds Affect Anesthesia
When you are sick, the risk for anesthesia complications increases. Complications may include narrowing of the airways, shortness of breath, and closure of the vocal chords. This can lead to breathing problems during and after the procedure.
While skilled anesthesiologists can handle these issues as they arise, it is best to steer clear of these complications altogether.
How Illness Affects the Healing Process
When you are suffering from a cold or flu, your body’s immune system is focused on fighting harmful viruses or bacteria. This same immune system is responsible for preventing infection and repairing tissues.
If you undergo surgery while you are sick, it is likely that your immune system will be overworked. This can lead to a number of complications, including respiratory infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
Alert Your Surgeon if You Are Sick
If you get sick before an upcoming surgery, call your doctor right away to discuss your options. If the issue can be resolved quickly enough, you may be able to keep your appointment.
Do I Need to Postpone My Surgery?
The old adage “better safe than sorry” should be applied here. Whether or not you need to postpone your surgery will depend on the severity of your condition and how long it will take you to recover. However, if there is any uncertainty at all, it is best to reschedule your procedure. While this may be an inconvenience, it can help you avoid a host of serious complications.
While our goal is to help you achieve the look you desire, your overall wellbeing is very important to us. We do not want to put your health at risk for a cosmetic treatment. Therefore, we will work with you to reschedule your appointment at your convenience.
Tips and Tricks to Stay Healthy before Surgery
As your surgery date approaches, there are a few guidelines that can help you stay healthy and fever-free. To keep germs at bay:
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Stay hydrated
- Wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soap and water
- Use hand sanitizer
- Keep household surfaces clean with disinfectant wipes
- Exercise routinely
Contact Accent Plastic Surgery
To learn more about preparing for plastic surgery, reach out to a team member. Knowing what to expect before, during, and after your procedure can help you enjoy a swift and successful recovery. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or give us a call at (210) 654-9900.
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