What Happens: Prior to Surgery?  

  1. In the few weeks leading up to your surgery, you will obtain the following preoperative evaluations: Chest X-ray, EKG, blood tests (Metabolic panel, CBC, PT/INR, PTT)
  1. In preparation for surgery, you will be instructed to discontinue any blood thinners (such as Aspirin, Advil, Coumadin, Plavix, etc.) from 3 to 7 days prior to surgery. If this instruction is not followed, your surgery will be canceled.
  1. You will be instructed to not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the morning of surgery. On the day of surgery, you may take important medications with minimal sips of water (such as medications for hypertension).
  1. You will continue taking your trigeminal neuralgia medications, unless otherwise instructed, until the day prior to surgery.

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