In most cases regular medications can be continued up to and including the day of surgery.
The exception is drugs that increase bleeding risk such as;
In most cases these will need to be ceased one week to 10 days prior to surgery. If you are taking these medications please discuss with me prior to stopping them. I may need to liaise with your general practitioner or cardiologist before ceasing any medications you are on.
If before surgery you need painkillers please take Panadol or Panadeine only. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications (Nurofen etc.) increase your risk of intraoperative and post-operative bleeding.
Many of these have an effect on clotting. Particularly fish oil and many others however do increase the risk of bleeding. Overall probably around one third of herbal and naturopathic medications do this. The effect is unpredictable so I request that all these medications be stopped 10 days prior to surgery.
If you have any queries please contact my staff at my rooms on 8363 0677
Current recommendations from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons
All new patients must send in a referral before an appointment will be offered
We would request that all our patients comply with the following:
We will endeavour to provide medical care for urgent problems but please understand all staff are exposing themselves to risk by providing these services and we require your cooperation and understanding.
During this time of markedly reduced services Dr. Varley’s standard fees will apply and are those recommended by the AMA.