What precautions should I take before surgery?

You need to avoid aspirin, Ibuprofen, Neurofen and other similar painkillers 1 week before surgery. Paracetamol is the safest painkiller to take, if necessary, before surgery. You will also be asked to cut back on smoking and preferably stop smoking completely 4 weeks before surgery. This will help to minimise delayed wound healing and any post-operative complicationsfrom the general anaesthetic. It is also preferable to stop the contraceptive pill and HRT four weeks before surgery.

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