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A 60-year-old female asked:

Due to arrythmia, i had a defibulator implanted 8 years ago. my ejection fraction is now normal. would it be safe to have plastic surgery done ?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 43 years experience
Yes: Elective surgery should be ok.
Dr. Denis Winder
Plastic Surgery 58 years experience
Information: That depends on any factors. Do you take blood thinners? It depends on the type of plastic surgery. If it is medically indicated such as breast reconstruction after mastectomy then perhaps it is ok. Cosmetic surgery is another question. You should discuss this with your cardiologist very thouroughly before proceeding. Minor procedures under local anesthesia such as eyelids might be safe.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
W/ cardiac clearance: After undergoing basic evaluations such as an ekg and possible stress testing, it is very likely at you should be capable of tolerating most plastic surgery procedures.P.
Dr. Charles Caldwell
Cardiology 30 years experience
See Your Doctor: Most plastic surgery is low risk from a cardiac standpoint. However you are still at risk for arrhythmia during and after surgery that would likely not be the forte of the plastic surgeon especially if the procedure is done in the office. I would most certainly see your cardiologist and get his opinion prior to any surgery.
Dr. Robert Carpenter
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Maybe: It depends on what kind of plastic surgery you are contemplating. Many plastic surgical procedures can be performed under local anesthesia with a minimal health risk. Larger procedures may be dangerous in the setting of certain heart conditions. You should ask your plastic surgeon and cardiologist if surgery is safe for you.

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Last updated Sep 29, 2016

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