Pre-Operative Instructions

Please read the following instructions carefully when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions. We can be reached at Philadelphia Office Phone Number 215-985-4337 during regular business hours. If possible please fill your prescriptions prior to your scheduled surgery.

Medications Prior to Treatment

Fish oil, and non-steroidals such as Motrin and Advil act as blood thinners and should be discontinued 7-10 days prior to your surgery unless directed otherwise. Medications such as Aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix or other blood thinners should also be discontinued approximately 5 to 7 days prior to surgery, but only as directed by Dr. Laudenbach or at the approval of your physician.

If you take antibiotic pre-medication, please take it as directed before your surgery. You will feel better if you have eaten prior to surgery. We keep the office cool, so dress warmly.


Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. Dr. Laudenbach will prescribe an antibiotic if it is necessary for your procedure. Antibiotics should be taken as directed without missing a dose and until completely gone. It is advisable to take antibiotics with a full glass of water and not to take these medications on an empty stomach as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness.

Homeopathic Medications

If our office has recommended the use of  Arnica Montana (small tablets) please start taking them as directed 1 week prior to your scheduled procedure and continue taking them 1 week after the procedure.  These medications have been shown to reduce bruising and swelling by approximately 50% in plastic surgery and periodontal procedures. 


If you elect to use one of the following oral sedatives you must have a ride to and from the office. Please bring your remaining tablets with you. Remember, we encourage you to eat prior to your surgery.

  • Valium (Diazepam)
  • Xanax (Midazolam)

Food Suggestions

When preparing a post-op menu, please consider some of the following choices:

  • Ensure/Slim Fast
  • Soups
  • Pudding
  • Rice
  • Apple Sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Milk Shakes
  • Casseroles
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Cottage Cheese