When to Stop Drinking Alcohol Prior to Surgery?

How many weeks or days do I have to stop drinking before my rhynoplasty?

Doctor Answers (11)

Preoperative drinking

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In general I recommend nothing more than a glass of wine at a time before surgery, and avoid significant alcohol consumption for a week before and  a week after surgery.  You should definitely not drink alcohol when you are taking antibiotics or pain medications.


Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
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Alcohol intake before and after a rhinoplasty

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 It is certainly acceptable to have a glass or wine or beer the night before surgery.  It is very important not to mix alcohol and pain medications after the rhinoplasty surgery. Probably best not drink  alcohol for one week after the surgery.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Alcohol consumption prior to surgery

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It is usually best to stop drinking alcohol one week prior to surgery.  Drinking in moderation would be unlikely to cause any long term adverse result.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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I think it is best to avoid alcohol use for a week or so before surgery.  This also should not be mixed with medications.

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When to Stop Drinking Alcohol Prior to Surgery?

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This entirely depends upon how much alcohol a person typically consumes. If normal intake involves a glass of wine or beer with dinner, the a few days prior to surgery. The true concern is people who over imbibe and interfere with their liver function which can create issues with blood clotting following surgery. Conservative consumption of alcohol (one serving per day) a few days before and after surgery is not typically an issue. I hope this information is helpful.

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         One to two weeks of alcohol avoidance around the time of surgery is prudent and reasonable.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

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When to Stop Drinking Alcohol Prior to Surgery?

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It depends on how much you drink!!

If you are having a glass of wine with dinner, then there is no big risk and you could stop a day or so before your surgery.

If you are a heavier drinker, say 4-5 standard drinks a day, then perhaps stop 10 days before, as it can have an effect on bleeding. 

 

Good luck with your surgery

 

Richard

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When to stop alcohol prior to surgery?

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I usually tell my patients, a week or so prior to surgery is best to stop drinking alcohol since alcohol interfers with coagulation of blood and can increase the chance of bleeding.

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