Before Surgery

How to Manage Your Medicines Before Surgery

  • You will be given instructions on how to use your regularly prescribed medications and whether to stop taking them before surgery.
  • If you take blood thinners because of a history of heart problems, heart surgery, heart attack, vascular disease or stroke, please DO NOT STOP these medications until you are told to do so by Anesthesia.
  • You will be told which medications to take on the day of surgery and which medications to stop.
  • Stop all herbal medicines two weeks before your scheduled surgery.
  • You will be given instructions on when to stop taking over-the-counter medications, like Motrin®, Aleve®, Mobic, ibuprofen or naproxen before your surgery. You may use Tylenol®.

Getting Your Home Ready

Before your surgery, there are a few things to do to make your home safer and more comfortable for when you return:

  • Clear paths by moving furniture and throw rugs. This will make more space for you to move around and help prevent a trip or fall. You may need to use a walker, crutches, cane, scooter or wheelchair after your surgery.
  • Think about how you will get from the car into your home.

  • Think about setting up a place to sleep, such as a bed on the first floor.

  • Use a large firm pillow to keep your surgery site raised.

  • Stock up on food, toiletries and medications.
Cook and freeze meals before your surgery.

  • Ask a family member or friend to stay with you or come by often for visits after your surgery.

  • Make your bathroom safer and easier with raised toilet seats, hand-held showers and shower chairs.

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