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Cosmetic Surgery and MS

This question my seem silly but what are the various opinions on having cosmetic surgery if you have MS. I don't have a diagnosis of MS. (I'm seeing a neurologist in a few weeks).

Would it be dangerous? Is it just plain dumb? Or- should one continue to live their life as normally as possible for as long as possible and that means doing the things you always wanted to do.

Any thoughts?
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Hi!  No question is silly.  Come on!  I work for a plastic surgeon who performs a lot of cosmetic surgeries.  I'd LOVE to indulge in a little nip and tuck at some point!  My husband and I have been good friends with him for a long time, our boys went to kindergarten together and are now off to their first year in college.  

I always tell him he's going to make me a beautiful woman someday, to which he replies, "How can I perfect a rose?"   It's practiced, but it works for me!  

Anyway, I really think there may be anesthesia issues, but I think we have had MS patients.  You would have to get medical clearance from your neurologist for sure.  I have heard that MS patients may have a hard time waking from anesthesia, but I am pretty sure my friend's mother had hip replacement surgery with MS.   Would I choose elective surgery with MS?  ALL surgery is elective, really, except heart surgery.  

I say, do what makes you happy, but discuss the pros and cons with your neurologist wisely if it turns out you DO have MS.  Hopefully you do NOT, and this discussion is just hypothetical.    But if you do, be sure to partner with your neurologist and surgeon in your decision.  

Good luck!  Hope it helped.  And, as always, Quix will be along to fix whatever I messed up!

Zilla*

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Thanks!

So if people with MS have a hard time waking from anasthesia how do they elect to have medically necessary surgeries knowing it could kill them? That seems terrible. People have surgery all the time and I am aware that is is always a risk even with a healthy person, I am very bothered that people with MS would have to go without surgery that could help them feel better.

What is it about the MS that makes anasthesia a problem?

What about all the people that are undiagnosed and have surgery?

I guess in my original post it would have been more fitting if I said "Is this just too frivolous when there are people really suffering with pain?"
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This is ONE lady that has MS and has had surgery several times since being diagnosed 12 years ago.  Just for the record...I was NEVER told by ANY anesthesologist (sp?) that because I had MS, I would have trouble waking up from general anesthesia....

AND I have never had any trouble waking up from a general.  Of course, I am merely one woman, with one opinion.

Heather
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Wonderful Heather! How are you feeling with your MS?

Thanks for the encouraging news....
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Unfortunately the MS I have, deals a nasty blow of chronic horrible pain everyday, all day...but I am alive and that's what matters.  I get through it and cope, but it's been due to the help of many people I have made friends with, over the years.  You know, the kind of friends that never leave you, whether you bounce off of walls everyday or not.

Remember what I say 'worry.' I am only one woman with one opinion about surgery and anesthesia.  Each individual has their own course; as far as their reaction to an anesthetic goes.  But for this lady, it has had NO affect on me and I hope during my upcoming plastic surgery to rid myself of the excess skin, from a purposeful huge weight loss; that I will wake up easily, again...God willing.  Tummy tuck here I come.  Thunder thighs be gone...

Best Wishes, Heather

  
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I know that this post is 3 years old, but I have the same question.  I have relapsing remitting MS and I was diagnosed 7 years ago before I was 30 .  I would like to know what happened and if everyone got their surgeries because I want to do that now.
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    I think that MS does not really have an affect on MS in like a life threatening way!
i mean you could be more tired than usual afterwards or maybe have a pseudorelapse???...I honestly do not know of anything bad happening from surgury and MS.......

     I have had Elective surgery and will be having more hopefully by the end of the year :)
elective surgery in and of itself is a touchy topic for some people anyhow. For me.......i like it and I also like the Botox, fillers and anything else to help keep me looking as youthful as possible for both me and my hubby......Hey who doen't want to still turn heads in there 40's?  And think that I am actually the sisiter to my daughters  :)

     Just check w/ all your docs and let them know what you are planning and of course the Surgeon too.
Keep us updated...
~Tonya
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