Supplements And Surgery

When discussing surgical preparations with your doctor, he or she will probably ask you what medications you are currently taking. In addition to prescription and over-the-counter drugs, tell the doctor about any herbal supplements you take, whether or not you are explicitly asked.

Despite their naturopathic benefits, many herbal supplements can interfere with recovery, from increased bleeding to unwanted anesthesia interactions. By telling your surgeon what you take, he or she can tell you what to avoid prior to surgery, and ultimately decrease the risks for potentially dangerous side effects.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, you can expect your surgeon to nix the following herbal supplements two weeks before your surgery:

  • dong quai
  • echinacea
  • ephedra
  • feverfew
  • garlic
  • gingko biloba
  • ginseng
  • goldenseal
  • kava (or kava-kava)
  • licorice
  • omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)
  • St. John's wort
  • valerian root