Medications and Surgery

The Urologic Oncology Center Lends Expert Advice Regarding Presurgery Medication

Prior to undergoing a surgical procedure for the treatment of bladder cancer, a patient must consult with his or her University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center physician to gather information concerning what kinds of medications should be avoided. Individuals should feel free to ask their physician or nurse any medication-related questions. During this process, patient safety and well-being are among our top priorities.

Two weeks prior to surgery, patients should refrain from taking:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen, including Motrin or Advil
  • NSAIDS, including Aleve or Relafen
  • Any gout medications, including indomethacin and colchicines

One week prior to surgery, patients should refrain from taking any type of blood thinner, such as:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Vitamin E
  • Ginseng
  • St. John's Wort
  • Garlic supplements
  • Glucophage
  • Metformin

The day of surgery, patients should stop taking:

  • Water pills and diuretics, including lasix/furosemide
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Aldactone/spironolactone
  • Diovan HCT

Patients should take the following medications the day of surgery:

  • Blood pressure medications or antihypertensives
  • Heart medications
  • Insulin, with patients and physicians collaborating to adjust for the correct dosage.

Patients should rely on their primary care physician for the appropriate dosing instructions prior to surgery.

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