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Unread 05-23-2005, 06:30 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

I was just reading my pre op stuff again and for the first time noticed that it said not to take any ibuprofen 2 weeks prior to surgery... has anyone heard of this ... and has anyone taken it prior to surgery?
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Unread 05-23-2005, 06:36 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

No ibuprofen is pretty standard prior to surgery. For me the rule was one week, for others it's 2 or 3 weeks. The same goes for aspirin.

Makes it hard if you're in pain and depending on ibuprofen to help though. Usually tylenol is permitted.

Unread 05-23-2005, 06:38 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

I took ibuprofen yesterday for extreme migrain and my surgery is Wednesday... what should I do? I am so upset that I didn't notice this earlier ... why no ibuprofen?
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Unread 05-23-2005, 06:41 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

Hi Luvbug73,
My surgeon told me no ibprophen, asprin, motrin, or aleve before surgery(one week before) He said that I can take tylenol and I could continue to take Darvocet up until the day of the surgery if I needed to. The way it was explained to me was that the others have asprin in them and asprin is a blood thinner.

What I think I will do is take the tylenol and the Darvocet whenever the tylenol doesn't work.

Unread 05-23-2005, 06:43 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

Ibuprofen is a blood thinner. They don't want you bleeding out during surgery. I personally wouldn't worry about taking a couple of them, but it's probably best to check with your doctor.

Unread 05-23-2005, 06:45 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

What do you think I should do about taking it 4 days prior to surgery.... I can't believe I didn't know this fact .....
Unread 05-23-2005, 06:50 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

Call your doctor and let him know. It's really the only thing you can do. It's your doctor who has to make the call on this one. I hope things turn out okay for you.
Unread 05-23-2005, 07:23 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

good information. I forgot about that. Took some yesterday and bought a new bottle today! Didn't take any though - I should be good - I'm still 2 weeks away. I'm going to have to get some tylenol though.

Thanks for starting this post!
Unread 05-23-2005, 08:01 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

I was told in my pre-op that I could continue taking ibuprofen up to 2-3 DAYS before my surgery. The vitamins etc. I need to stop at 2 weeks before. Try not to worry about it and contact your doctor.
Unread 05-23-2005, 08:40 PM
IBUPROFEN before surgery

I had my pre-op today, and too was stunned when my doctor told me to stop immediatley taking Motrin. I asked him then what I could take for pain, he said only Vicodin, and immediately wrote out a script and offered to put me off work now if needed. I am not working now...but this was a surprise.

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