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Can you go in for an operation if you have the common cold? if i have a cold will my surgery be postponed?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Maybe: It depeds on your overall health and the length or type of surgery that you may be having. If you are having fevers or a lot of coughing, then surgery may be postponed. If there are only symptoms such as irritated throat or nasal congestion, then surgery may be alright. If it is a longer surgery that is planned, you would not likely want to have a lot of coughing after surgery.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: If you have no fever you should be able to have the operation - although for some types of surgery it will be cancelled.

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