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Hi, I am due to have my ears pinned back next Tuesday however I have not come on my period yet so is there a chance I could be pregnant? Would I still be able to have the surgery done if I am? Do they check pregnancy before surgery?

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Having an anesthetic does not in itself harm a pregnancy. The risk to the baby depends on the type of surgery. Yours would be considered low risk. However all surgery carries risk. These should be discussed in full with the consultant prior to your admission date. The hospital can carry out a pregnancy test, however it would be best not to wait until this point to inform them of this possibility. Alternatively you could do a home pregnancy test or see your GP and have a definitive answer before your operation. I hope this helps.

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