I still have the paperwork from MGH. Have you had your pre-op appts yet? (Chest xray, bloodwork, EKG, etc.)
Here's what they told me:
- no aspirin for 7 days pre-op
- no vit E or herbal supplements for 7 days pre-op
- no ibuprofen/Aleve/anti-inflammatories for 3 days pre-op
- nothing by mouth (no water, candy, mints, gum, etc.) after midnight the night before the surgery
That's it. They take care of everything else once you're admitted. And the surgical area will be cleaned and shaven once you're under anesthesia (the docs don't like it if you shave it yourself, apparently).
You're in good hands at MGH. Try to relax (much easier said than done, I know!) and you'll soon be through it.
I'll be thinking of you on Monday!