If you are referring to elective surgery, ideally the answer is no. Unless specifically directed by your physician, you should not take NSAID's for 10 days prior to surgery (unless cataract surgery then this doesn't usually apply). This includes items such as Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aleve, and Excedrin.
If you need something for pain, contact your surgeon or take Tylenol.
7 days before your surgery, you should stop all aspirin products or consult with your anti-coagulation pharmacist.
Fourteen days prior to surgery you should stop any other multi-vitamins, minerals, supplements, diet pills, and any other homeopathic remedies including essential oils or any other natural products you're friends may be trying to sell you.
For cataract surgery you don't usually need to go off blood thinners. But again, check with your specific surgeon.
Also, no matter what surgery you are having, unless specifically directed by your surgeon or anesthesiologist, nothing to eat after midnight the night before your surgery and only clear liquids up to FOUR hours before. Clear liquids are things such as water, sprite, 7-up, apple juice, ice tea, black coffee (without any creme or sugar), or Coca-Cola. Nothing else but these specific items.
If you take blood pressure medicine normally in the morning, take it with a small sip of water. Do not take any other medicine even if you are diabetic.
By not taking your diabetes medicine you should be fine to fast even if you have an afternoon surgery by drinking the clear liquids listed above up to FOUR hours prior.
Also by staying hydrated and continuing to drink up to the four hours prior to your surgery, you will make putting an IV in easier, and are less likely to experience post operative nauseiousness.
If you fail to follow these rules, or fail to have a driver with you, your surgery may be cancelled.
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