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Preparing for your Surgery

If you're scheduled for surgery soon, you're probably wondering how you should prepare. Look to the quick tips below for general pre-surgery dos and don'ts.

Two weeks before surgery:

  • STOP taking herbal megavitamins or weight loss products

One week before surgery:

  • STOP taking aspirin, ibuprofen or similar medications

24 hours before surgery:

  • STOP using alcohol or recreational drugs

  • STOP taking Glucophage® or Glucovance®

8 hours before surgery:

  • STOP eating or drinking

  • STOP smoking or chewing tobacco

The morning of surgery:

  • TAKE your usual blood pressure, breathing, seizure and heart medications with a small sip of water (if approved by your doctor) and DO NOT TAKE diuretics (water pills) or antacids (Maalox®, Tums®, etc.)