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can i have cosmetic surgery after getting a kidney transplant?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: As long as your kidney function is good and there have been no major complications, then you can have cosmetic surgery. However you should wait at least 1 year after transplant before having the cosmetic surgery.
Answered on Sep 24, 2011
Dr. Shareef Jandali
15 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends: This depends on your overall health status. The risk of infection is higher for cosmetic surgery when a person is on immunosuppressive drugs. Certain operations, like a tummy tuck, have to be performed with extreme care, since the transplanted kidney is lying right underneath the area where incisions are made for a tummy tuck.
Answered on Feb 2, 2016
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Dr. Michael Matthew
20 years experience Plastic Surgery
Yes, more risks : Yes, but your immunosuppressive medications but you at higher risk of infections and wound healing problems.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Usually Yes.: Prior to proceeding with elective surgery, you should discuss your plans with your nephrologists and/or transplant surgeon. These doctors know your situation best and will be able to advise you whether or not to proceed with surgery and how to best manage your care/medications etc.Perioperatively. Best wishes.
Answered on Feb 2, 2016
Dr. Darryl Blinski
45 years experience Plastic Surgery
Cos/Surgery/kid/tran: YES only if your kidney doctors give a written clearance for the surgery.
Answered on Jun 10, 2015

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Should be: However, always discuss such questions with your transplant dr. Before proceeding. He/she will know best.
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