Watch What You Take Before Surgery

People are often told to avoid certain medications such as NSAID’s and other blood-thinners before surgery. To maximize surgical safety, I provide each of my Walnut Creek plastic surgery patients with a complete list of drugs, vitamins, supplements and other products to avoid prior to surgery.

Did you know that something as simple as Vitamin E could affect your surgical outcome? It’s true. And Vitamin E is just the beginning. There are many other products and medications that should not be taken 14 days before or immediately after surgery.

Here are a few examples that, like Vitamin E, might surprise you:

  • Some cold medicines
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Cortisone
  • Some antidepressants such as doxepin (SINEQUAN®) and clomipramine (Anafranil®)
  • Some herbal products such as St. John’s Wort, Ginseng, and Ginko Biloba

That’s just a taste of what is actually a long list. So how can you be sure you’re doing right by yourself before surgery? It’s simple:

Make a list of every medication (over-the-counter, prescription, and herbal supplements) that you take and provide it to your physician. Ask about each medication specifically to determine if there could be any risks associated with surgery. If your physician instructs you to avoid a medication for a period before or after surgery, do so.

By taking these simple steps, you are protecting your health and your surgical results.

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