Procedure Preparation Resources
Preparation is essential to make sure your procedure goes smoothly. Below are instructions for our most common procedures, with specific instructions depending on what medication you're using. Please follow your instructions carefully to ensure that we can best provide for your care. As always, please don't hesitate to call our office at (925) 384-9276 or reach us by email at email@example.com with any questions or concerns that you have.
Procedure Preparation Instructions
Each set of preparation instructions is designed for a specific procedure and specific medication. Make sure you select the correct file.
7 Days Prior To Your Procedure:
Stop taking all anti-platelet medications: Plavix (clopidogrel), Pletal, Aggrenox, Agrylin (anagrelide), or Effient. Ticlid (ticlopidine needs to be stopped 10-14 days)
5-7 Days Prior To Your Procedure:
Stop all NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, naproxen, diclofenac, celecoxib, mefenamic acid, etoricoxib, indomethacin, etc)
Aspirin, if used for prevention, should be stopped 5-7 days prior to procedure.
If you take Aspirin because you have history of stroke or/and heart attack, please check with Dr. Zheng regarding staying on Aspirin during your pre procedure visit
5 Days Prior To Your Procedure:
Stop taking Coumadin (warfarin), Jantoven
2 Days Prior To Your Procedure:
Stop taking Pradaxa (dabigatran), Xarelto (rivaroxaban), Eliquis (apixaban), longer if you have renal insufficiency (Kidney issues, please check with Dr. Zheng during your pre procedure visit)
12 hours Prior To Your Procedure:
Stop taking Lovenox
If your PCP and/or specialist (ie cardiologist, neurologist) request you have to stay on blood thinner, please alert Dr. Zheng during pre procedure visit.
Dr. Zheng will advise you when you can restart blood thinner after your procedure
If you take heart, blood pressure, or seizure medication routinely, you may take the medication up to 3 hours before your procedure with a small amount of water.
If you are diabetic, hold oral medications the morning of your procedure. If you take insulin, take only half of your normal dose depending on your morning glucose level.
Ask your DM specialist or PCP if you have type 1 diabetes wearing an insulin pump or have any questions regarding your DM medication.