Some medications and diet supplements interfere with the normal blood clotting system. Please stop taking the following at least 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after surgery. Let the nurse or the doctor know if have been taking any of these medications:
Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Naproxen
Vitamin E, Fish Oil
St. John’s Wort
Diet Supplements/Appetite Suppressants
Chondroitin and Glucosamine
***Tylenol products ARE allowed to be taken if needed***
If you have any questions about other medicines, please ask your nurse.
Nicotine and Surgery Complication Risks
It has been shown through research and clinical studies that smoking and increased levels in nicotine in your body have severe adverse effect on your overall body health and more specifically in the recovery process after surgery. Elevated levels of nicotine in your system come not only from smoking cigarettes, but also from second hand smoke, chewing tobacco, nicotine gum, nicotine patches, etc. This elevated level occurs even with minimal exposure or less than one cigarette per day. The blood supply and circulation to the skin and body organs is compromised because of the nicotine and SEVERE, PERMANENT complications can occur after surgery during your recovery. These problems include respiratory complications, poor healing, large areas of skin loss and severe and extensive scarring. We request that all our surgical patients stop smoking and abstain from nicotine containing products for a period of three weeks after their surgery. We sincerely care for our patients and want you to have the best possible result from your surgery!
I acknowledge that I have read the above and fully understand the risks involved.