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If a patient has a heart condition, is plastic surgery with general anesthesia safe?

Question:

If a patient has a heart condition, is plastic surgery with general anesthesia safe?

Answer:

General anesthesia is safe in selected patients with heart conditions.  Prior to undergoing a general anesthetic procedure, they receive a thorough evaluation by myself, their heart doctor, their primary care physician and an anesthesiologist to determine if they are safe surgical candidates.  Blood thinners are usually stopped before and during the immediate operative and healing times.  Some patients may undergo a procedure with IV sedation if general anesthesia is not recommended.

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