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Old 01-01-2009, 11:23 PM   #1
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Hair loss after surgery

I had some surgery 3 months ago. While I was in the hospital, my hair started shedding like crazy. I have continued to lose quite a bit of hair daily since then. Much more than normal. Thankfully, I had really thick hair and my hairdresser is the only one other than me that has noticed so far. I'm concerned though that I've continued to lose hair. I thought it would be a temporary thing. I've heard that the shock of surgery can cause some hairloss, but it has been 3 months and it isn't getting any better.

I did have some bloodwork a few weeks ago. My thyroid came back fine. My iron is a bit low, but not low enough that my doc wants me to take supplements. I just need to watch my diet and continue to take my daily multivitamin.

Has anyone had any experiences with this? I can't really discuss this with my doc further because hair loss isn't covered by my insurance. He classified my bloodwork under fatigue just to get it done.

Any input would be welcome.

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Old 01-02-2009, 12:31 AM   #2
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Re: Hair loss after surgery

Well, I don't have any personal experience with hair loss and surgery. However, I have a friend whose daughter had back surgery. She had hair loss for six months after her surgery. My friend said it was from the anesthesia.

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Old 05-15-2009, 12:05 AM   #3
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Re: Hair loss after surgery

This is an update in case anyone out there is experiencing the same problem.

I had some laproscopic surgery last October. Immediately upon waking after the surgery, I was losing hair like crazy. It continued for just over four months. Every morning when I washed my hair, I would have repeated handfuls of hair come out. I wasn't even pulling on it, just running my hand through my hair.

My surgeon and PCP both said that anesthesia wasn't a cause of the hair loss, but that the shock to the body of the surgery could result in the hair loss. My hairdresser said it was the anesthesia. The internet medical websites said that hair typically falls out about 3 months post-surgery. Whatever the cause, it was a completely unexpected side effect. My hair thinned out quite a bit and I had to change styles for a while. Thankfully it was thick to begin with and will eventually grow back to "normal" if a bit grayer.

I am now 7+ months post surgery and have a bunch of inch long hairs sprouting up throughout my head.

For anyone else out there worried about hair loss after surgery, I hope my experience helps. The hair does grow back eventually.

 
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:57 AM   #4
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Re: Hair loss after surgery

If you do a search you will find anesthesia is a common cause of hair loss,,,, stay calm and be patient, it will grow in, a lady Iknow got really thin from surgery but boy, her hair is really thick now...
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