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.

Antibiotics

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

Dr. Laudenbach recommends the use of a SynEcch Arnica Montana pack for most surgical procedures.  Please start taking the capsules as directed 1 day prior to your scheduled procedure and continue taking them 3 days after the procedure.  These medications have been shown to reduce bruising and swelling by approximately 50% in plastic surgery and periodontal procedures and a 50% reduction in the need for pain medication after wisdom tooth extraction procedures.  Our office is committed to reducing your need for pain medication overall but specifically the use of opioid containing medications post-operatively.

Sedatives

In some cases we recommend taking a sedative medication like Ativan (Lorazepam) 1.5 hours prior to your treatment in order to reduce anxiety during your care.  This medication has a sedative effect, so in many cases patients fall asleep even during extensive care.  Due to the sedative effects of the medication you must have a ride to and from the office from a family member or friend to assure your safety. Please bring your remaining tablets with you and please remember to eat on a regular schedule prior to your surgery.

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