Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Get your flu shot already!

Not a good time to be having that eyelid lift.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon nags because she cares.

It’s that time of year again.  Roll up your sleeve and get your flu shot already.  Why should a “surgical sub-specialist” like me care about whether or not you’ve had your flu shot?  First of all, I’m a physician and it is my duty promote good health.  Second of all, I don’t want any of my patients coming down with the flu.  If a patient falls sick before surgery, we have to cancel and then reschedule the case which is hard on us meaning surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical techs and nurses and it is also really hard on the patient because he/she has to carve more time out of a busy schedule and many times arrange for child care,  not only for surgery but for recovery.

If a patient comes down with the flu in the early postoperative period, he/she may end up wishing they had never been born.  That would make for a less than excellent plastic surgery experience and could also be down right dangerous.

And we tend to think of the flu as just an inconvenience with a little misery added but really, the flu can be very, very serious.  I am old enough to remember the Hong Kong Flu of 1968.  I was sicker than a dog and missed a week of school but was not one of unlucky million or so who died.  And then there was a Spanish Flu of 1918 that killed 50 (!) million mostly healthy, young people.  Sorry to be such a fear monger but I really want you to get a flu shot.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

P.S.  Get your flu shot.  Today.


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