Preparing for surgery is a process. The decision-making phase is followed by the planning and preparation phases. However, unexpected things can happen which you can’t prepare for. It often happens that a situation occurs which needs to be taken into consideration, and just before the procedure. Don’t panic, we can advise you what to do…
What are the most common contraindications?
We refer to colds, flu, gynecological, urological or dental inflammations. There is a high risk of spreading and intensifying the inflammation, which can lead to serious health complications. In these cases, it is indeed necessary to postpone the operation, for at least three weeks.
Herpes is a viral infection, so precautions must be taken in order to avoid direct contact of the affected area with the environment. A basic and simple rule applies in these cases – your options depend on the location of the herpes. E.g. patients with cold sores cannot have fillers applied, or have facial procedures (such as facelift, or rhinoplasty), or laser eye surgery.
Low haemoglobin level
So called preoperative anaemia occurs in up to one third of the patients planning surgery. This is solved by iron supplements applied intravenously. The surgical procedure should be postponed until the haemoglobin level increases.
In general, having a period is not a reason to postpone the operation – the often mentioned increased risk of bleeding has never been scientifically proven. Of course, the truth is that hormonal imbalances can have some effect on the patient’s psyche. The only exceptions are operations in the genital area or liposuction in the area of the inner thighs, close to the groin, when the client must subsequently count on higher bleeding there. It is also possible to postpone the cycle using contraceptives (this needs to be consulted with a gynaecologist).
In case the client regularly suffers from extremely high bleeding and severe menstruation, then we again recommend to discuss this directly with the gynaecologist and the operating surgeon.
And most importantly?
Such pre op conditions have to be considered individually, depending not only on the health condition of the patient but also on the type of planned operation. So, don’t give up and contact us, or your doctor. Our experienced coordinators can always assist you in such situations, because they are in constant contact with top and professional surgeons who do not underestimate anything. We would like also to point out that all these precautions are applied for our clients’ safety as we want to prevent complications during the recovery period.
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