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Why is my surgery cancelled? Although we strive to help patients understand pre-surgery instructions, occasionally cosmetic surgery needs to be cancelled or postponed and rescheduled. Here are the top reasons why cosmetic surgery is cancelled and a discussion of several factors that may necessitate a surgeon cancelling surgery due to safety precautions. What are the major reasons why this might happen? A cold, cough or flu-like systems on the day of surgery or 2 weeks prior to elective surgery necessitates rescheduling surgery. It is important to be healthy before undergoing surgery and to remain healthy during the post-operative phase. Always call your doctor if you have questions or concerns and notify them of any changes in your health prior to your surgery.

Sometimes patients forget specific pre-surgery instructions or disregard our directions, not understanding their importance. Certain medications, vitamins and herbal supplements can cause problems during surgery or during recovery. It is of the utmost importance to follow all your surgeon’s instructions. Likewise, it is equally important to understand limitations on your recovery activity following surgery. Don’t lift, carry, push or pull over 5 pounds, or return to exercise or heart rate elevation for two weeks or sometimes more following surgery. Ignoring this precaution may lead to surgical complications, sometimes needing surgical intervention.

As physicians, we want the best for our patients. When we cancel elective cosmetic surgery for a patient, it is because we do so with an abundance of care and concern for their safety. So while patients may often be disappointed, it is always done in their best interest to reschedule their surgery.


  1. Emily Says:

    I have come out with a little rash of exma on my face and it has gone down a lot but still can see a red patch but I’m having hip surgery tomorrow will it be cancelled

  2. nipntuck editor Says:

    Dr. Bashioum replies: “Hi Emily, Thank you for the question. My comments relate to the most common reasons that surgery may be cancelled or rescheduled. Every surgeon has a policy regarding these situations. Since I am not your physician, I urge you to please call your surgeon to check on your specific surgery according to their protocol on this.”

  3. emily Says:

    I am having surgery next week and have developed a cold sore. will my surgery be canclelled?

  4. nipntuck editor Says:

    Dr. Bashioum replies: “Hi Emily, thank you for visiting our blog. Our office was closed during the Thanksgiving break. While not monitoring questions online, all my patients have my mobile phone to reach me anytime with their concerns or questions regarding their surgery. I hope you were able to reach your surgeon to answer your question about whether your procedure would need to be rescheduled. As I mentioned in our blog, each surgeon has their own guidelines for canceling a procedure and I would not do any facial surgery for a patient with an active lesion on their face.”

  5. Nancy Napoli Says:

    I’m having surgery on my right shoulder in 6 days. I have a Gerd and my ulcers are giving me extreme pain and nausea in my stomach. Should I be concerned?

  6. nipntuck editor Says:

    Good Afternoon Nancy,
    While I cannot respond to your specific questions because you are not my patient, I suggest that you contact your shoulder surgeon to inquire whether or not your condition affects your surgery.



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