Preparing for Surgery: Medicines

If you are planning to have surgery at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, please review these guidelines regarding medicines.

Should I stop taking any medicines?

All herbal medications, such as Gingko biloba and diet medications, should be discontinued two weeks before your surgery.

All aspirin products, ibuprofen products and naproxyn products should be discontinued for four days before your surgery.

Do not stop taking any medications that your physician has prescribed unless you are instructed to do so by your physician.

Can I take my usual morning medicines on the day of surgery?

When you come to the Hospital for your pre-surgery testing, the nurse will give you written instructions about your medications. If you have any questions, you may call our Pre-admission Testing department at 331-221-0460 to speak with a nurse.

What about my insulin?

Follow the instructions provided by your physician. If no instructions have been given, the pre-admission nurse will instruct you to contact your primary care physician. We will test your blood sugar and contact your surgeon or anesthesiologist to determine how much insulin to give you.

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Network

This site is part of the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare network of Web sites, which covers a variety of topics using the same philosophy: When it comes to medical care, we know that you have a lot of options. And we want you to know that you're more than a patient to us. You're an individual. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with state-of-the-art medical care and down-to-earth, personalized attention.

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