Before Your Surgery
Be sure to STOP any medications or supplements that may thin the blood AT LEAST one week before surgery. These include:
Prescription or over the counter non steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, advil, motrin, aleve, naproxen, Celebrex, etc…
Prescription blood thinners (you will need approval from the prescribing doctor) such as warfarin, coumadin, plavix, pradaxa
Stop ALL vitamins and supplements 1 week before, including fish oil, omega-3, vitamin E, garlic etc….
Which over the counter pain relief medication is safe to take prior to surgery? Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not a blood thinner and is safe to take in recommended dosages during the week before surgery.
Do not ingest any food or fluid past midnight, the evening before your surgery. It is recommended to take your blood pressure and other non-blood thinner regular medications with a small sip of water the morning of your surgery.
It is recommended you wash your face and avoid placing any creams or make-up the morning of surgery. Wearing a buttoned shirt facilitates ease of removal without rubbing the face. It is also best to avoid wearing any jewelry.