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Author Topic: Can I have plastic surgery if I am in Haart?  (Read 1475 times)

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Offline hahaha

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Can I have plastic surgery if I am in Haart?
« on: November 06, 2007, 03:38:16 AM »
I am thinking about lipo suction.   I am now in Haart.  Would it be OK for me to do that plastic surgery, or, it is better off for HIVer not to take any operatiion?

Also, if it is OK for plastic surgery, will any antibiotic I shall not take while the wound is recovered?

Thanks for help.
Aug 9, 2006 Get infected in Japan #$%^*
Oct 2006 CD4 239
Nov 2006 CD4 299 VL 60,000
Dec 1, Sustiva, Ziagan and 3TC
Jan 07, CD4 400

Offline Tim Horn

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Re: Can I have plastic surgery if I am in Haart?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2007, 08:36:19 AM »

Plastic surgery is by no means contraindicated in people with HIV. Of course, it's a good idea for your pastic surgeon to know that you're HIV positive and to have a record of the medications you're taking. This will reduce the risk of drug interactions between any prescribed antibiotics -- or any other medications used before, during or after the surgery -- and your HIV meds. What's more, you can always encourage your plastic surgeon to consult with your primary care doc (or HIV specialist) if there are any lingering questions or concerns.

Tim Horn

Edited to add: Is the liposuction for lipodystrophy (a buildup of "hard" visceral fat deep within the belly) or for run-of-the-mill subcutaneous fat gain (the "squishy" fat immediately beneath the skin)? If it's the former, this could be problematic -- this fat is very difficult to remove and is a risky procedure, given that it's the fat that surrounds various organs in the abdomen that can puncture easily if liposuction is attempted).
« Last Edit: November 06, 2007, 08:40:08 AM by Tim Horn »

Offline Cliff

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Re: Can I have plastic surgery if I am in Haart?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2007, 09:03:38 AM »
I think cosmetic surgery is ok, depending on your overall general health.  I had elective surgery (not lipo though).  The doctor new my status and didn't have any issues.  He just did the normal tests and heart checks to determine if I was ok to do the surgery.

Offline hahaha

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Re: Can I have plastic surgery if I am in Haart?
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2007, 12:36:52 AM »
Dear both,
Thanks a lot for the information.  ::)
Aug 9, 2006 Get infected in Japan #$%^*
Oct 2006 CD4 239
Nov 2006 CD4 299 VL 60,000
Dec 1, Sustiva, Ziagan and 3TC
Jan 07, CD4 400


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