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How will my medication intake change after vascular surgery?

The medications you will have to take after your vascular surgery is decided based on your general health condition and usually, patients take the same drugs as they did before the surgery. Your surgeon will provide precise instructions in this regard.

It is important to take your medications even after surgery. Generally, you will be advised to take the same medicines as you took before vascular surgery. However, the medications, as well as their dosing, may sometimes change and therefore, it is important to check out on this with your surgeon. Here is a list of medications your surgeon may prescribe:

  • Blood-thinning medications: These medicines should be taken with care. It is important to stay on blood thinners if you have had a vascular reconstruction for a blocked vessel. Make sure you are aware of the correct dosing of these medicines. In patients who have had stent placement for a blocked artery, blood thinners are prescribed for up to 6 months postoperatively.
  • Pain medications: You will be prescribed pain medications (narcotics) for pain control.
  • Regular prescription medications: You may start taking your regular medications immediately after the surgery, which means either in the evening after surgery or the next day morning unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon.

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