Please avoid ASPIRIN and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Motrin, Advil Naproxen, Aleve Ibuprofen etc) and all drugs containing these medications, ideally three weeks before the surgery. These medications can thin the blood which can result in excessive bleeding and bruising. Be careful and read labels.
Please STOP all DECONGESTANT medications; antihistamines are ok to continue a week before the surgery.
STOP ALL HERBAL PRODUCTS: Examples: GINKO BILOBA, GINGER, SAINT JOHN’S WORT, FEVERFEW, ECHINACEA, GLUCOSAMINE, KAVA, VALTERIAN, GARLIC, LICORICE, GINSENG, and ALL DIET PILLS a week before the surgery.
ALSO STOP: VITAMIN E, NIACIN, FISH OIL, CoQ10, MSM, NICOTINE PRODUCTS a week before the surgery.
CHOLESTEROL MEDICATIONS: To be stopped 1 week before surgery.
IMPORTANT: All medications to be used for pain relief due to arthritis are to be avoided, unless they are approved by our staff
THE FOOD LISTED BELOW ARE TO BE AVOIDED OR CONSUMED IN MODERATION ONLY:
FOOD CONTAINING SALICYLATES: ALMOND, APPLES, APRICOTS, BERRIES (BLACK, BOYSENBERRY, RASPBERRY, STRAWBERRY), CHERRIES, CUCUMBERS, PICKLES, CURRANTS, GRAPES PRUNES, TOMATOES, CHINESE BLACK BEANS, AND SPECIALLY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
TWO WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY
Your surgical plan will be determined well before the day of surgery.
Our nursing and office staff will help arrange pre-surgical testing which may be either an office visit or a telephone encounter, depending on your medical condition. Your pre-surgical evaluation can be completed by your own physician. If you choose to have your pre-surgical evaluation by your own physician, you must have the physician’s report sent to our office for the headache and surgery experts review prior to surgery.
The Headache Surgery Experts would like you to contact the office if you have any questions regarding your surgical plan.