I’m scheduled for hernia repair surgery.
I’m scheduled for hernia repair surgery on December 10th and I had my pre op checkup at the hospital today.
They took some blood for testing, I signed some forms, and talked about my meds and supplements with the nurse. She told me to stop all vitamins and herbs today, and after discussing my concerns about stopping specific ones, she said I could keep taking NSAIDS until a week before surgery (I use them 2 days a month for cramps, and it’s just about that time) and that the melatonin is OK until the day before surgery. She also told me to check with my PCP about some of the others.
I spent most of the morning researching each and every supplement I take. About half of them do, indeed, think the blood, and I moved them to a box so I wouldn’t take any by mistake. So no ginger, turmeric, or rhodiola for now, even if it means more fibro or arthritis pain. I’m a bit worried about mood stability and energy without the rhodiola.
I’m not about to stop taking Proberry, an elderberry and whole food C supplement that’s part of Dr. D’Adamo’s “surgery support protocol.” And a web search for “magnesium and surgery” turned up a Dr. Circus page on the importance of adequate mag stores before surgery.
But I couldn’t find much about B vitamins, MSM, boron, bladderwrack, or eyebright before surgery.