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Consult with your primary care doctor and surgeon regarding the need to stop your regular medications or start taking new medications prior to surgery. Even if you do not currently take any regular medications, it is important to review the “Health Supplements and Foods” section below, as it lists items that are important to avoid or reduce.

  • Unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon, continue to take your prescription medication up until the time of surgery. If instructed to take any medications after midnight the day before your surgery take them with only a sip of water.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications should be discontinued 5-7 days before surgery
  • Please inform your surgeon if you are on a blood thinning medication. Special considerations are required for a patient on such medications.


Please closely follow the guidelines below related to consumption of vitamins, health supplements and some food items

Homeopathic preparations to avoid

  • Bilberry
  • Cayenne
  • Dong qual
  • Echinacea
  • Feverfew
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Ginseng
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Valerian
  • Yohimbe
  • Melatonin
  • Ma Haung
  • Licorice root
  • Kava kava
  • Hawthorne

Vitamins to avoid

  • Vitamin E
  • Fish Oil
  • Cod Liver Oil