Medications

  • One month prior to surgery – STOP Aspirin
  • Consult your Primary Care Physician if you take blood thinners (e.g., warfarin, Coumadin or Plavix).  Unless otherwise directed, generally stop taking warfarin or Coumadin 5 days prior to surgeryPlavix should be stopped 7 days prior to surgery.
  • STOP herbal supplements and NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Advil®, Motrin®, Aleve®, Naprosyn®) 7 days prior to surgery.
  • You MAY take Tylenol, Celebrex, Vicodin or Norco for pain control as needed.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are also called NSAIDS.  Examples of these medicines include Ibuprofen, Advil®, Motrin®, Naprosyn®, Vioxx®, Relafen®, Clinoril®, Lodine®, Tolectin®, Orudis®, Daypro®, Voltaren®, and Anaprox®.

You need to stop taking these medications because they prolong the time it takes your blood to clot.  This can cause serious problems after surgery.  Failure to stop these medications in time may prevent you from having surgery on your scheduled date.