Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Just had Surgery and found this interesting... (February 17, 2010)

There are Herbs that can conflict with a surgery.  You have to stop using them up to two weeks before...
The following can increase bleeding.
Stop the following 7 days before surgery:
-Ginko Bilboa
-Garlic tablets
Stop the following 2-3 weeks before surgery:
-Omega-3 (fish oil)
-Vitamin E
-Dong Quai
-Saw palmetto

the following can have serious interactions with anesthesia. They recommend you stop taking these herbs 14 days before surgery.
-Ephedura-Can cause seizure, heart attack, and stroke.
-St. John's Wort- heart failure
-Kava- Coma
-Valerian- heart failure, severe confusion
-Ginko Biloba- bleeding in brain and spinal cord
-Licorice- heart attack

Now I am not saying stop taking herbs. I am just saying it's good to be aware of these issues. If you do end up scheduling surgery Give yourself at least 2 weeks to get these herbs out of your system.

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