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Medication issues for knee replacement surgery in Naples include which medicines or supplements to start and which to stop prior to surgery.
Important medication issues for knee replacement surgery
Start taking Iron supplement 325 mg per day prior to surgery. This is to build up your blood count. This can be obtained at your local pharmacy without a prescription.
Medication issues for knee replacement surgery also include which ones to stop. Discontinue the use of aspirin, aspirin-like products, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, vitamins (except for Iron 325 mg), and herbal supplements one week prior to your knee replacement surgery in Naples.
If you are on a blood thinner such as Coumadin, please let our office know so appropriate arrangements can be made prior to surgery, which usually involves stopping this blood thinner 5 days before the planned knee replacement surgery.
Please do not take your usual morning prescription medications on the morning of your knee replacement surgery unless instructed by your medical clearance physician and then only take the medication with a small sip of water.
Medical clearance exam
A very important part of preparing for your knee replacement surgery in Naples is the medical exam and laboratory results to be done by your family doctor or a trusted physician known by your surgeon. By having your current medical situation well documented and well understood, you have the best chance of avoiding complicating events either during or shortly after total knee replacement surgery.
Your medical doctor will let you know which of your medications can be stopped just prior to surgery and which ones you will need to take.
This medical exam is extremely important and must not be cancelled. Without pre-operative medical clearance, Dr. Zehr will not perform the surgery.