Medications form an important part of life for many people living with pain and health concerns. Surgery presents a disruption to many courses of medication. Here's how to plan your approach to your medications:
1. Tell us what you are taking. In the initial consultation, Dr Moloney should be told exactly what medications you are taking, so it’s a good idea to come with a full list prepared. Please include all prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as any herbs or supplements. Importantly, if you are currently misusing drugs - whether prescribed or otherwise - please let Dr Moloney know. Coming off high doses of any kind of drug causes withdrawal symptoms which can compromise the post-surgery recovery period.
2. Medications to stop taking prior to surgery. You will need to cease any anti-inflammatory medications and blood thinning medications about 5 days before your scheduled procedure. If you are unsure about any of your medications please contact our friendly staff.
3. Dealing with pain post-surgery. After surgery you will be advised how your medications will need to alter. If you have chronic pain, it is likely that there will be additional pain after surgery which can be dealt with using additional pain medications. With a full knowledge of your normal medications, your GP and Dr Moloney can advise on the medications that might interact with your pain medications after surgery.
4. Be prepared. Talk to Dr Moloney about how your medications will change post surgery. It is important that you are prepared for possible side-effects and impact on your normal course of medications.