Vitamins and Supplements Before and After BBL?

Is it safe to do the HCG diet right before surgery? I'm 4 weeks Pre Surgery and I'm taking a multi vitamin, vitamin D-3, iron, and CLA are these ok to take? I've also wanted to try Visalus protein shakes but they have 30% Vitamin E in each shake and I was told to stay away from E, is that correct? Should I take any meds before surgery that will help healing or bruising process? Is there a certain amount of sodium I shud consum before and after surgery for less swelling? Thanks!

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Certain Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements can be dangerous before surgery

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The HCG diet is controversial, potentially dangerous and there should be no rapid weight loss contemplated just prior to surgery for many medical reasons including increased complications and possibly less fat cells surviving. See the attached link about the potential problems with this diet. Being at your stable  baseline weight will give you the best results. If you are losing weight then I recommend you consider surgery after you plateau.

Certain vitamins and minerals can speed healing others can cause problems like the Vitamin E supplements you mention and slow the process down or cause complications. If healing is going well I usually let my patients go back to their usual regimen of supplements. There are special vitamins/ mineral preparations made just for surgical patients such as Vitamedica.


Below is a partial list that I hand out to my patients for example listing medications  that can cause bleeding at my office: Pacific Center For Plastic Surgery Larry S. Nichter M.D.FACS                

Medications Which Increase Bleeding
This is not a complete list.  Please check with your pharmacist you have any questions.
Advil Darvon with A.S.A. Motrin
Aggrenox Darvon N with A.S.A. Nalfon
Aleve Daypro Naprosyn
Alka Seltzer Decongestant Tablets Naproxen
Alka Seltzer Plus Antacid Diet Medications Norgesic
Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Dolobid Norgesic Forte
Alka Seltzer Plus Pain Reliever Dristan Decongestant Tabs & Caps Norwich Aspirin & Extra Strength
Anacin Duradyne Nuprin
Anaprox Easprin Orudis
Ansaid Ecotrin Tabs & Caps Pabirin Buffered Tablets
Anthrotec Empirin Pacaps
A.P.C Tablets Empirin with Codeine PAC Revised Formula
A.P.C. Tablets with Butalbital Emprazil Pamprin
A.P.C. Tablets with Codeine Emprazil-C Tabs En Tab Panalgesic
Arthritis Pain Formula Equagesic Percodan
Arthritis Strength Bufferin Equazine-M Percodan Demi Tablets
Ascriptin Excedrin Persantine - dipyridamole
Ascriptin A/D Extra Strength Bufferin Persistin
Ascriptin with Codeine Feldene Phen-Fen
Aspergum Fiornal Plaquenil - Hydroxychloroquine
Aspirin Suppositories/Uniserts Fiornal with Codeine Plavix
Aspirin Tablets Fiorgen Pletal
Aspirin with Codeine Fortabs Ponstel
Atromid-S Clofibrate Four Way Cold Tablets Propoxyphene Compound 65
Axotal Gelpirin Pulvules
Azdone Gemnisyn Quiet World Analgesic
Bayer Aspirin Genacote Relafen
Bayer Children’s Chewable Tablets Genprin Robaxisal Tablets
Bayer Timed Release Aspirin Gensan Sine Off
BC Cold Powder Geocillin - Carbenicillin SK-65 Compound Capsules
BC Powder Goody’s Headache Powder Sloprin
BC Powder Arthritis Goody’s Extra Strength Tablets Soma Compound
Buff A Compound Tablets Halfprin St. Joseph’s Cold Tablets
Bufferin & Tri-Buffered Bufferin Ibuprofen St. Joseph’s for Children
Buffered Aspirin Idenal Supac
Buffex Indocin Synalgos
Butalbital Compound Isollyl Improved Coricidin Synalgos DC Capsules
Cama Inlay Tablets Lodine Talwin Compound
Cama Arthritis Tablets Lortab A.S.A. Therapy Bayer
Cataflam Magnaprin Ticlid
Cetased Improved Magnaprin Arthritis Strength Caplets Tolectin
Clinoril Meclofenamate Toradol
Codoxy Medilets Tablets for Children Trigesic
Congespirin Mepro-Analgesic Triaminicin
Cope Mepriobamate Compound Ursinus Inlay Tablets
Coricidin “D” Micrainin Vanquish Caplets
Corcidin Demilets Midol Verin
Cordicidin Tablets Momentum Muscular Backache Formula Viro-Med Tablets
Coumadin Maxipirin Vitamin E
Damason P Mobic Voltaren
Darvon Compound 65 Monacet Zorpin
HERBALS SUCH AS: Feverfew, Garlic, Ginger, Ginko Biloba, Ginseng, Siberian, St. John’s Wort, Evening Primrose Oil, Kava Kava, Licorice, Ma Huang, Valerian
If you must take something for relief of headache, menstrual cramps, backache, etc., please take TYLENOL (follow directions) for the two weeks before and after your surgery.
PLEASE CHECK ALL MEDICATIONS YOU ARE TAKING FOR ASPIRIN CONTENT.  IF YOU ARE TAKING A MEDICATION NOT LISTED ABOVE YOU CAN CONTACT YOUR PHARMACIST, OR YOU MAY CALL YOUR SURGEON TO CHECK FOR ASPIRIN OR IBUPROFEN CONTENT OR OTHER DRUGS THAT CAUSE EXCESSIVE BLEEDING.


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