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ATTENTION ALL PATIENTS

Please be aware that we need you to be off all common blood thinners including aspirin, Advil,and all types of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, both prescription and non-prescription.

Also stop all herbal medications as well as fish oil and vitamin E. You should be off these for two weeks before and after surgery.

AN EXCEPTION TO THIS

If your physician has placed you on aspirin or any of the above mentioned drugs for a medical treatment, please do not stop taking them without clearing this with your physician and Dr.Bartlett.

Do not do anything that will increase your cardiac output (i.e. running, straining, etc.) for two weeks after surgery. If you do you could develop a late bleeding complication.

ALCOHOL

Consumption of alcoholic beverages within two weeks before and after surgery could also put you at risk for bleeding complications.

SMOKING

Smoking decreases the circulation to tissue and decreases tissues ability to pull oxygen away from blood. Stop smoking for two weeks before and after surgery’

ARNICA MONTANA

An herbal, Arnica Montana, when taken orally has been shown to decrease bruising. Pineapple has the same chemical and eating it has shown to do the same.

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