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Can you still have plastic surgery if you have pernicious anemia?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

In most plastic surgery procedures there is not a significant amount of blood loss.

In brief: Yes

In most plastic surgery procedures there is not a significant amount of blood loss.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Adam Schaffner
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, in most cases

A patient with anemia may have plastic surgery as long as the anemia is controlled and/or treated in advance of the procedure.
Prior to the procedure, a pre-operative clearance should be obtained by the patient's hematologist and the plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist should both be informed of the condition.

In brief: Yes, in most cases

A patient with anemia may have plastic surgery as long as the anemia is controlled and/or treated in advance of the procedure.
Prior to the procedure, a pre-operative clearance should be obtained by the patient's hematologist and the plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist should both be informed of the condition.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
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Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually

Having some form of anemia doesn't necessarily exclude you from having plastic surgery.
As with any surgery, you want to be sure that you are medically optimized to undergo the stress of surgery. You also want to be sure that the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks. To determine this, you should have a conversation with your medical doctor and your board certified plastic surgeon.

In brief: Usually

Having some form of anemia doesn't necessarily exclude you from having plastic surgery.
As with any surgery, you want to be sure that you are medically optimized to undergo the stress of surgery. You also want to be sure that the benefits of surgery outweigh the risks. To determine this, you should have a conversation with your medical doctor and your board certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Pernicious anemia, as with most all types of anemia, can be successfully treated with ongoing therapy. Your treating physician can weigh in and your plastic surgeon can discuss with him/her the necessary treatment surrounding the time of your potential plastic surgery.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Usually Yes.

Most patients, depending on the severity of the anemia and the exact procedure plan, will be able to undergo plastic surgical procedures despite having pernicious anemia.
Patients should be “optimized” prior to surgery and should avoid surgery if the anticipated blood loss is too significant. In-person consultation will be necessary for more precise/specific advice.

In brief: Usually Yes.

Most patients, depending on the severity of the anemia and the exact procedure plan, will be able to undergo plastic surgical procedures despite having pernicious anemia.
Patients should be “optimized” prior to surgery and should avoid surgery if the anticipated blood loss is too significant. In-person consultation will be necessary for more precise/specific advice.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Donald Yoo
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Depends

Depends on the procedure.
A careful evaluation of your comorbidities by a medical doctor and a discussion with your surgeon would best determine your risk level for a given procedure. Many procedures could still be safely performed with that diagnosis.

In brief: Depends

Depends on the procedure.
A careful evaluation of your comorbidities by a medical doctor and a discussion with your surgeon would best determine your risk level for a given procedure. Many procedures could still be safely performed with that diagnosis.
Dr. Donald Yoo
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