Friday, November 22, 2013

Products To Avoid

There are products known to thin the blood, slowing the clotting process.  Other products are potentially harmful because of MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitory effects.  Some have the effect of lowering serum potassium levels, which can cause abnormal heart rhythms.  Some products impact the liver when general anesthesia is used.  Therefore, starting two weeks before surgery and ending two weeks after, surgery, please do not use the following:

Alka-Seltzer, Anacin, Ascriptin, Bufferin, Contac, Darvon, Ecotrin, Empirin, Excedrin, Fiorinal, Midol, Norgesic, Percodan, Triaminic Vanquish

Advil, Aleve, Anaprox, Cataflam, Clinorial, Daypro, Dolobid, Duract, Ecotrin, Feldene, Ibuprofen, Indocin, Lodine, Medipren, Motrin, Nalfon, Naprelan, Naproxen, Naprosyn, Nuprin, Orudis, Oruvail, Ponstel, Relafen, Tolectin, Toradol, Voltaren

Aloe (ingested), Bilberry, Cayenne, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginger, Gingko, PC-SPES, Protein powders containing Vitamin E, Red wine, St John's wort, Vitamin E (Vitamin E is ok in a multiple vitamin, but please do not take extra), Yohimbe

There may be other products that you may need to avoid.  Please contact the office before taking any medications two weeks prior and two weeks after surgery.

Acetaminophen (like Tylenol) is acceptable for headache and pain relief.

Arnica montana (homeopathic medicine) is acceptable for postoperative bruising and swelling.  If Arnica is used, please start after surgery as it thins the blood. Melatonin (hormone) 3mg is acceptable to use as a sleep aide after surgery. Take at bedtime. 

Eat a light breakfast and/or lunch on the day of your procedure; avoid caffeinated products such as coffee, tea, or energy drinks.  It is recommended that patients wear or bring loose and comfortable clothing the day of procedure. 

Male patients should shave hair covering the abdomen and chest prior to an abdominal lipo procedure..

Please call Pacific Lipo at (858) 427-8899 for any questions.  Visit our website to learn more about our office and procedures