STOPPING MEDICATIONS PRIOR TO SURGERY

It is crucial to review the complete list of the medications you are taking with your physician before surgery. If there are any changes to this list prior to surgery, please notify your physician. We need to have an updated list at all times when you are scheduled for surgery.

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Know which medications must not be taken prior to surgery.

Medicine on shelfYour physician should review your list of medication, vitamins, supplements, and herbals you are currently taking when you are scheduled for a surgery. Certain medications, vitamins, supplements, and herbals can have negative effects on your surgery and/or recovery when taken before, during, or after surgery. Some can increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, or blood clots or cause other problems if taken.

Some medications must be discontinued at the appropriate time prior to surgery or it’s possible that your surgery will be canceled or rescheduled for your safety.

If you are taking medications for heart or blood clotting conditions, including Coumadin (warfarin), aspirin, or anti-platelet medication, please discuss your medications with your doctor prior to discontinuing. Your physician may need to speak with your prescribing physician so we can determine how your medications should be managed before and after surgery.

Be sure to check all medication labels, even those purchased over the counter, so that you are not taking anything with aspirin, NSAIDs or anti-inflammatory properties. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is generally fine to take as it does not promote bleeding. 

Carefully review the page in your “Surgery Guide” provided by your doctor when you sign up for surgery to review the list of medications to stop taking. 

If you have questions about stopping medications prior to surgery, please contact us and we’ll be happy to advise you.

If you or a loved one suffers from spinal pain, you owe it to yourself to call Southwest Scoliosis Institute at 972-556-0555 to make an appointment.