Your medications will be discussed in detail during your pre-admission interview. Please make sure the nurse knows about any prescription medicines, non-prescription medicines, vitamins, herbs, or supplements you may be taking. Please bring all bottles of prescription and non-prescription items to your pre-admission interview and the day of surgery.
Some medicine such as aspirin, aspirin containing compounds, Coumadin, Pradaxa or Plavix impair the body's ability to form a clot and stop bleeding. Based on your needs, specific details on these medications will be discussed at the time of your interview.
You will be instructed on what medicines you should and should not take in the days leading up to your surgery and on the morning of the surgery itself. If you have diabetes and take insulin or another diabetes medicine, instructions will be provided on how to adjust your medicine on the day of surgery when you will not be eating.
Certain surgeries require a bowel cleanout. If you have been given a bowel prep sheet, please follow the directions.