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Scheduling Surgery and the COVID-19 Vaccine

By Ajay Goyal, MD, FACS | April 7, 2021

As more vaccination appointments become available, patients have been asking what to do if their vaccine appointment is near their weight loss surgery or general surgery date. 

If you have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, whether first or second dose, near your surgery date we recommend it be 7 days before or 7 days after your surgery.  

Here’s why - after vaccination some people experience side effects, particularly after the second dose, such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle pain and soreness at the injection site.  It’s difficult to immediately determine if the symptoms are vaccine-related or surgery-related, therefore causing a delay in treatment.  

It’s important to note that if you get vaccinated right before weight loss or general surgery and check into the hospital on the day of surgery with side effects such as a fever or chills, your surgery will be postponed until you are symptom-free and well enough to undergo the procedure.

To avoid delaying your surgery, plan to get the vaccine as far out as possible from your surgery date. If you’re concerned about the timing of your vaccine appointment and your surgery contact our office.

If you have any questions or concerns about your surgical procedure and the COVID-19 vaccine, call us at 908-481-1270. 

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Ajay Goyal, MD, FACS, is founder and director of the New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerville, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey. New Jersey Bariatric Center helps patients achieve long-term weight loss success through the most advanced bariatric surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures. New Jersey Bariatric Center’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortalities and a complication rate that is lower than the national average.
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