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A 31-year-old female asked:

I have surgery friday and am going to have a general anesthetic. will i have to reschedule if i'm sick with a cold?

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Dr. Peter Fischer
Healthcare Professional 26 years experience
Surgery and a Cold: Possibly. Both your anesthesiologist and surgeon will conduct a focused history of this illness and do a physical exam. They will then assess the risk of undergoing an elective procedure in the face of your current health status. Fever, a productive cough, malaise, reactive/congested airways can increase your risk of complications peri-operatively.

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