Ask Dr. Tony Mork: Advice for Pre-Surgery Preparations

When you are preparing for surgery, there are a few things that you need to do notes with Dr. Tony Mork. You need to arrange for a person to drive you from the hospital to your home or your hotel after you have undergone surgery. You will not be able, and you should not be driving, when you are just from surgery. You will be sedated and you are likely to cause an accident if you drive from surgery. Ensure you arrange for adequate clothing, toiletries and other health supplies for between 5 to 7 days. If you have medications, make sure to bring them with you as well.

However, when it comes to medication, Dr. Tony Mork recommends that you avoid certain medications prior to the surgery. Avoid any medications that may increase your bleeding, and anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin medications should be stopped between 14 and 21 days before surgery. You should also avoid Plavix medication 7 to 10 days before you undergo surgery. Medications such as Warfarin and Coumadin are blood thinners and should also be stopped 3 to 5 days before the surgery. Vitamin E and A medications should also be stopped. However, make sure you consult with your general practitioner, before stopping any medications, to ensure you do not worsen your condition.

If you are not a local and are currently staying in a hotel, you should ensure you have reservations with the hotel, to arrange for transport to and fro the hospital. You may also arrange for local assistance to help you, if you do not have any family members or friends to help you after the surgery. Alternative, you can arrange for a prolonged stay in the hospital, until you have recovered sufficiently to walk out of the hospital alone. Also make sure you have arranged to cater for any financial costs that you will incur before and after the surgery.

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