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Preparing for Your Surgery - Medications

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Preparing for your Surgery

  1. Smoking and Tobacco Cessation
  2. Why can't I have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery?
  3. What about my medications?

    • General information is listed below. Your admission access nurse will direct you on what medications to take before your procedure.
      • Please leave your personal medications at home.
      • When approved by Admission Access Center nurse, take your heart, blood pressure, asthma, pain medication, anti-psychotic, and Parkinson’s or seizure medications with a sip of water the morning of your procedure
      • Diabetics will be instructed on dosages for insulin, or diabetic medication by the admission access center nurse.
      • Please bring a list of all medications (including herbal and over the counter medications) with you the day of your procedure so you can go over them with your Preop nurse.
      • You may use your asthma or other lung inhalers in the morning and be sure to bring them with you.
      • If you are on oxygen at home, bring it with you.
      • If you use CPAP at home, bring it with you.
      • Contact your physician for instructions if you take blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, or have taken diet pills (phen/fen or redux). Some medications need to be stopped a few days before the procedure.
      • If you take Coumadin, Plavix, Pletal, Lovenox, Effient, Trental, Persantine or Ticlid: Contact your cardiologist or physician that started you on this medication to determine when to stop taking prior to surgery/procedure.
      • Herbal Supplements that contain: Ephedra, St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Bioloba, Garlic, Ginseng, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, or Vitamins must be stopped one week prior to surgery or procedure.
      • Patients Scheduled for:
        • Cardioversion patients: CONTINUE coumadin as directed by your physician.
        • Electrophysiology Study (EPS) patients: STOP antiarrythmic medications as directed by your physician.
  4. What if I feel ill before my procedure?
  5. How should I get ready?
  6. What should I bring with me?
  7. Should someone come with me?

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Port Huron Hospital
Surgical Services
Second Floor
1221 Pine Grove Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060

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