Preparing for Surgery
We ask that you not take any aspirin, ibuprofen or any drugs containing aspirin compounds, or vitamin E over and above what already is in a multivitamin, for two weeks prior to surgery. These medications, and others such as over-the-counter supplements such as fish oil and omega acids, can prolong bleeding and increase the risk of post-operative hemorrhage. Medicines that contain acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol) can be used safely in place of aspirin for pain. Acetaminophen is available without a prescription.
We also ask patients who smoke to refrain from doing so for two weeks before and two weeks after the surgery. The nicotine contained in the tobacco causes constriction of the blood vessels, which supply nourishment to the skin and underlying tissues. Any restriction of this blood flow will jeopardize the healing process and lead to a less favorable outcome from the procedure.
Surgery can be stressful. Do not try to wedge in your procedure between multiple trips and other commitments. Give your body and yourself time to adequately prepare for, and recuperate from, the effects of surgery. It is important and helpful for you to be well rested and relaxed pre-operatively. In this way, your body will be better able to handle the stress of surgery.