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What Happens If I Catch Common Cold Before Bariatric Surgery?

Common Cold Before Bariatric Surgery

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Cold Before Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery, like any other surgery, requires the patient to be in the best possible health. A severe cough delays surgery because general anesthesia can irritate the airway and make the cough even worse. 

Where a cough isn’t always a reason to delay surgery, if the patient is experiencing fever, the bariatric surgery will be rescheduled.

  • Generally, surgeons delay the patient’s bariatric surgery on account of a chest cold. The reason behind this delay is that the surgeon wants the patient’s lungs to be clear at the time of surgery.
  • If the patient is experiencing common cold before bariatric surgery, they are advised to drink lots of water and take adequate rest. Doctors recommend immunity boosters like Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin C is known to reduce the symptoms of common cold.1
  • On reaching the hospital, x-rays are taken to ensure there is no fluid in the lungs. Treatments like nebulization are available to help clear the fluid build up.

Here are some pre-op liquid diet ideas that can help you consume lots of liquids for a quicker recovery!

Question- Can I undergo Bariatric Surgery if I have a Cold?


  • You should be able to take a general cough or common cold medicine that you prefer. However, it is essential that you double check the same with your case manager and bariatric surgeon.
  • Please do not let the problem linger.
  • Drink lots of liquids, including tea with a little honey.
  • Get some rest to allow your body to get better.


  1. Emanuele Lo Menzo, Alessandro Cappellani, Antonio Zanghi et al. “Nutritional Implications of Obesity: Before and After Bariatric Surgery” Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care 2014; 9(1): 9-17
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