Can You Have Multiple Surgeries At Once?

The ability to have multiple procedures depends on a variety of factors. The most important of which is your individual health. The longer the operative time, the greater the risk of complications, so you want to try to keep operative time down. (Dallas Buchanan, MD, Spokane Plastic Surgeon)

Although it is safe to perform multiple cosmetic surgical procedures at the same setting, the decision is based upon the age, presence of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and the general health of the patient.

It is best to not be under General Anesthesia for more than 5 hours as the risk of anesthesia related complications increases after 5 hours. (Malcolm D. Paul, MD, Orange County Plastic Surgeon)

It is common in plastic surgery to combine procedures.

Duration of the procedure depending on multiple factors and your health status. Please consult with a board certified PS for evaluation and to discuss your goals. (Ven Erella, MD, Austin Plastic Surgeon)

It is possible to perform many procedures together. You would have to be seen in person to be properly evaluated both physically and medically. (Steven Wallach, MD, New York Plastic Surgeon)

it depends on how much fatty tissue you have. If the total volume of liposuction exceeds 5 liters, you may need to be admitted overnight. You should definitely have an in person consultation with a plastic surgeon and follow their recommendations. (Michael Dobryansky, MD, FACS, New York Plastic Surgeon)

Getting multiple procedures at the same time.

As long as you’re in good health and your procedure is being performed and accredited facility and does not take more than six hours you would not be running any additional risks. (Frank Agullo, MD, El Paso Plastic Surgeon)

Multiple surgeries- safety vs convenience

If multiple surgeries can be performed safely, it allows the patient to have a single recovery period. The doctor must be sure that the combination of surgeries is safe, that the patient is healthy, and that the operating room facility is properly credentialed and therefore has a high level of readiness for any complications that might occur.

Often this means about a seven hour surgery for outpatient surgery in a healthy patient in a JCAHO or AAA Medicare deemed facility. Experienced surgeons could typically perform your combination of procedures well within that time period. (Brent Moelleken, MD, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon)

Multiple surgeries can be done at the same setting if you are a healthy person. I would encourage you to meet with a board certified plastic surgeon for an in person evaluation to discuss your options and expectations. (Robert E. Zaworski, MD, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon)

More and more patients are requesting combination procedures. Understandably, people want to limit costs and surgical recovery downtime. With current techniques and advances in anesthesia, often times surgeons are able to accommodate, as long as the procedures can be performed harmoniously and one procedure or recovery doesn’t adversely affect the other.

Not everyone is a candidate, however, for a combined, more prolonged operative procedure. There are many things that influence the surgeon’s decisions. The patient’s anatomy, procedures desired, and underlying health are considered. The duration of the procedures and the surgeon’s comfort and speed matter, as well.

I would encourage you to consider a consultation with a BCPS, with significant experience performing surgery on face and body. If you are considering a combined procedure, be certain that they operate in an accredited facility with only certified anesthesia providers. (Larry Lickstein, MD, Fairfax Plastic Surgeon)