Should I Discontinue Dietary Supplements And Laxatives Before Surgery?

I am currently taking The Cleaner and Oxy Elite Pro my surgery is in two weeks do i stop taking these? and i am also taking laxatives 3 times a week do these need to stop before surgery as well?

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Breast Augmentation - Dietary Supplements and Laxatives

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You should, of course, discuss this with your own plastic surgeon but I generally advise my patients to stop ALL non-essential medications for a period of three weeks before AND after surgery.  This needs to be done in consultation with your internist since it may be difficult for you to know which medications are essential.  But for OTC preparations I usually recommend that you stop everything.  The reason is that there are many compounds in these preparations that can interfere with surgery.  These include aspirin or aspirin-like products such as vitamin E, or stimulants (often found in weight-loss supplements).  My advice:  talk to your PS but be prepared to stop everything starting three weeks before your surgery, and lasting for an additional three weeks afterward.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,
Dr. E

Dietary Supplements and Cosmetic Surgery

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Dear Tanner1621,  The most important advice I can give here is for you to discuss with your plastic surgeon your use of supplements and laxatives as soon as possible prior to your surgery.  Your plastics surgeon will be best able to guide you on how to proceed.  

In my practice, I suggest to my patients that they stop using all supplements two to three weeks prior to their surgery.  Since most supplements are not regulated by the FDA, there really is no way of knowing what exactly is in the supplement you are taking.  In a study performed by Consumer Reports a few years ago, none of the supplements they tested contained exactly what the label said; either the ingredients were different or the amounts were different.  CR had purchased these supplements from numerous sources including many national chain stores and well-known mail order sites.  Since many of the different types of supplements can interfere with anesthesia, bleeding times, and wound healing; unless you know exact what is in what you are taking, the safe thing to do is just stop all supplements before your surgery and wait until cleared by your surgeon before restarting them.

Please call you plastic surgeon's office and discuss your concerns.  They will very glad you did.

Herluf G. Lund, Jr, MD
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

Dietary Supplements

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For an otherwise healthy patient there is no dietary supplement that will help and only ones that can hurt.  I recommend my patients to stop any supplement, diet pill, vitamin, herbal medicine, etc at least 2 weeks before surgery.  Some of them can interact with the anesthetic agents and the majority of them can lead to bleeding.  The laxative should not be an issue but I would recommend you call your surgeons office and make sure they are aware of everything that you are taking.

Gary Hall,MD

Gary Hall, MD (retired)
Kansas City Plastic Surgeon

Supplements for surgery

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Omega 3 fats (e.g. fish oil, EFA, flax seed oil, Krill oil), NSAID's (aspirin, ibuprofen, naprosyn), Vitamin E, "blood thinners" and a whole host of supplements and medicines can cause excessive bleeding and bruising and therefore increase your recovery time. When in doubt stay away from supplements unless they are designed for surgery. I offer to my patients specific supplements that speed healing, reduce swelling, bruising and in some cases minimize discomfort (for example Bromelain, Arnica Montanum, and Vitamins designed for surgery.

Bottom Line: Certain vitamins and minerals can speed healing others can cause problems 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

Check with your doctor as only your doctor would have access to your medical history and what would be best for you. We typically allow our patients to continue their supplements 10 days post op if their recovery is going well.

Supplements and Laxatives before breast augmentation

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You should tell your plastic surgeon every drug, vitamin, and supplement that you take.  Some vitamins and herbal supplements can increase bleeding.  Some laxatives and "cleansers" can interfere with electrolytes.  Your plastic surgeon will guide you through what you can take or not take.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Breast Enhancement

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I have patients stop everything except what I prescribe three weeks before surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding, obviously if they are on important meds we go through them one by one

Pre operative Instructions?

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Thank you for the question.

Your plastic surgeon will have specific  instructions regarding use of medications etc. prior to surgery. This is usually handled during consultation or a preoperative visit. It is much safer to check with him/her than with physicians who do not know your history ( for example  the reasons behind the use of laxatives).

Best wishes.

Supplements and surgery

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Contact your plastic surgeon's office directly for answers to these questions. He/she can guide you depending on what type of procedure you are having done and any necessary preparation.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Advice regarding laxatives and dietary supplements

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The questions that you are asking for answers online should more appropriately be asked of your operating surgeon. After all, he/she will be taking care of you - not any of us attempting to answer your questions.

So, go ask your surgeon.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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