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 the Medications that Must Not be Taken Prior to Surgery

Stopping Medications Prior to SurgeryWhen you schedule an appointment for surgery, your physician will review lots of things about you. This includes your list of medications, vitamins, supplements, and herbals that you are currently consuming. For instance, there are certain medications, vitamins, supplements, and herbals that can lead to negative effects on your surgery. And this could also affect your recovery post-treatment. Some medications can increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, or blood clots or cause other problems if taken.

Healthcare professionals will ask you to avoid some medications prior to surgery. So this is very important and patients should discuss their medications with their doctors for better results and safety.

Stopping Medications Prior to Surgery

If you take medicines for heart or blood clotting conditions, such as Eliquis, Coumadin (warfarin), aspirin, or antiplatelet medicine, you must consult with your doctor. It’s always smart to discuss your treatment with your doctor before discontinuing any medicine.  Your doctor may need to speak with your prescribing professional. This helps doctors know how to manage your medicines before and after surgery.

Additionally, make sure to check all medicine labels, even those which you have purchased over the counter. So that you are not taking anything that contains aspirin, NSAIDs, or anti-inflammatory properties. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is generally good to consume. It does not promote any type of bleeding in your body.  Also, you need to carefully review the page in the “Surgery Guide” that your doctor gives you. This helps to review the list of medications to stop consuming.

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 and Spine Institute at 972-556-0555 to make an appointment.