Medication and Diet at Home
Be sure to follow your doctor's pre-surgery guidelines. This may include special instructions for diet, medicines or bowel preparation.
Talk with your surgeon if you are taking any "blood thinning" medicines such as Warfarin, Coumadin®, Lovenox®, or Heparin. These types of drugs can increase your risk of bleeding. You will have to stop taking NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®) prior to surgery.
Please contact your doctor to confirm when to stop taking these medicines. This may be anywhere from two to 14 days before your surgery. If you are diabetic, please ask your doctor about taking your insulin on the day of surgery. If you did not receive instructions, please do the following:
Two Weeks Before Your Surgery
- Stop taking all herbal medicines and medicines containing aspirin
- If you are not sure which medicines you should stop taking, ask your doctor or pharmacist
- You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to relieve minor pain if needed