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Parathyroid surgery: Preparation

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How do I prepare for parathyroid surgery?

You should have an evaluation by your physician to determine if they are a candidate for surgery or if you need to have other diseases like heart and lung problems optimized before surgery. You should not eat or drink anything at least 6-8 hours prior to surgery. If you take medications regularly, you should ask your physician what is safe to take the night before and the morning of surgery. Also medications which prevent the blood from clotting normally (including blood thinners, aspirin, ibuprofen, some herbal supplements, and other medications) may need to be stopped several days before surgery. Ask your physician if you are taking any of these medications. You should also have a person available to drive you home from the hospital after surgery.


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