What to Know Before Surgery
The following information will help you understand what to expect before surgery to insure your visit is as pleasant as possible.
A registered nurse from the Pre-Admission Clinic will call you prior to your scheduled surgery to obtain your medical, surgical and medication history. If you need pre-surgical lab tests or are required to meet with the anesthesiologist, the registered nurse will schedule these appointments at this time. Please be prepared to provide the following information during this phone call:
If you have had tests performed in the last six months, please ask your physician to fax the results or reports to the Pre-Admission Clinic at 816-943-4865.
Pre-Operative Instructions for Medications
Stop taking these medications five to seven days before surgery:
Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Mortin, Excedrin, Celebrex, Bextra, Mobic, Vitamin E, Omega-3 (fish oil), Garlic, Ginger, Flax Seed, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Glucosamine, Green Tea, weight loss or diet medications.
You may use Tylenol for pain.
You will need to discontinue taking medications inhibiting coagulation, including aspirin, Plavix and Coumadin 1 week before surgery if possible. Lovenox should be discontinued the day prior to surgery. If you have been prescribed blood thinner as list above – please check with your medical doctor prior to discontinuing the medication.
Please check with your physician if you are taking any steroids, methotrexate or other medications for rheumatoid arthritis.
Day Before Surgery
St. Joseph Medical Center