You’ve had cosmetic surgery – a tummy tuck, breast implants, an eye lift or something else.
Why it’s key: If you’ve had an adverse reaction to general anaesthesia (or even IV sedation) or another issue, such as a bleeding or clotting problem, your GP should note this on your chart. That way you may be spared a repeat the next time you have surgery or even a routine procedure like a colonoscopy, says Dr Holly Phillips. And if the surgery was recent, the info might change how your doctor treats other issues. ‘There is bruising after surgery, and taking omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E or NSAIDs could make it worse,’ says Goldberg. How to spit it out: When you’re asked, on a form or out loud, if you’ve had surgery, mention elective procedures. ‘People think of elective cosmetic surgery as “not medical”, but for our purposes, it is,’ says Goldberg.