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If you caught a slight cold, would that be a problem for surgery?

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Say you catch a cold just before you're scheduled to have the surgery - can the surgery still go ahead?

I have this paranoid fear that this may happen to me.

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Re: If you caught a slight cold, would that be a problem for surgery?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009, 09:14:40 PM »
If you're not terribly congested (nose, sinuses), you have no fever, and your chest isn't congested with coughing, you're probably fine.  <-------Any of those 3 signs or symptoms and you'll probably get canceled.

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Re: If you caught a slight cold, would that be a problem for surgery?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2009, 06:07:45 AM »
Any type of anesthesia -- general or IV sedation -- can be considerably worsened by the presence of a cold (with congestion in the nose and or lungs).  Furthermore, if your body is "under attack" by bacteria or viruses, you do not want to put further stress on your body with optional surgery.  Yes, surgery should not be performed if you are sick.  We want you to be in optimal health going into the operation.

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Re: If you caught a slight cold, would that be a problem for surgery?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2009, 08:56:19 AM »
Say you catch a cold just before you're scheduled to have the surgery - can the surgery still go ahead?

I have this paranoid fear that this may happen to me.

Elective surgery is different than trauma surgery. Additional risks are not appropriate.  A cold whether from virus or bacteria is a compromised situation.  Germs do not know to just stay in one part of the body.  Why take the risk for an elective surgery?  Rescheduling an operation is much safer.  Gynecomastia is a condition that has been there for quite some time.  Rushing for a solution can be a mistake with complications that you may need to live with for the rest of your life.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
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Re: If you caught a slight cold, would that be a problem for surgery?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2009, 09:00:53 AM »
Thank you.

RESPONSE FROM DR. JAIME CALOCA
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2009, 02:55:01 AM »
Fever is a good indicator of the severeness of a respiratory infection. If there is no fever and practically no secretion (mucous), then it should be no problem. Obviously it is best to be in normal health wen you are having an elective surgery. I suggest Vitamin C the month before surgery and to avoid drastic changes in temperature (i.e. air conditining in the car or office).
Dr.Dr.Jaime Caloca Jr.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
(619) 734-2290 -www.drcaloca.com


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