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What supplements should I stop taking before surgery?

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There are a number of supplements and herbs that can interfere with anesthesia or increase the risk of bleeding, cardiovascular events, or other complications during and after surgery. Always tell your doctor and surgeon about the supplements you take; unfortunately, an estimated 70% of patients do not. For information about specific supplements to avoid before surgery, see the full answer >>


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Brenda16160   November 5, 2017
I have never been asked in any pre-op appointment about supplements. I knew about the ones that are taken for inflammation but I've never stopped my omegas. Interesting.

Brenda16158   November 5, 2017
I have never been asked in any pre-op appointment about supplements. I knew about the ones that are taken for inflammation but I’ve never stopped my omegas. Interesting.

Richard11077   July 14, 2016
Eight days before routine hernia surgery I was surprised when the nurse reviewing my meds and supplements told me to stop taking CoQ10 immediately.

This CL Answer initially posted on 9/13/2013. Last updated 8/8/2017.

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