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Nikki S
one year ago

Can I receive breast reduction surgery if I have arrhythmia?

I (39, F) was diagnosed w/premature ventricular contractions approx. 15 years ago. Cardiologist said it wasn't "the dangerous kind" (quoting him) & treatment was not considered medically necessary, but I opted to begin taking 25mg of Atenolol daily to keep my heartbeat steady. Works great!

Would this arrhythmia and/or medication affect my ability to receive a breast reduction surgery?

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: Plumas Lake, CA

Replies 3

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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If that is your only medical issue, it would be unlikely to bar you from a breast reduction. If a current EKG shows no abnormality, and your primary care doctor feels you are healthy, you should be able to have surgery. I see you live nearby, so feel free to contact my office for a consultation!

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Assuming your cardiologist clears you for the procedure, there's no reason that a reduction would be contraindicated unless you are not a suitable candidate based on other issues. Hope this helps.

Mary Herte
ASPS Surgeon

Since your premature ventricular contractions were considered "benign" and the treatment is working well for you, I doubt there would be any block to having your breast reduction surgery. I agree that simple clearance from your primary care or cardiologist would be recommended to ensure your safest surgical experience. Best of luck with your reduction surgery... in my practice our reduction patients are so happy with their changes!


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