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Supplements to stop before surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi! I'm a newbie here, scheduled to have cervical fusion surgery on April 15 (three disks removed & fused).

I've talked to my doc and the hospital about the meds and supplements I take, and got a sort-of sweeping "stop all your supplements and vitamins before surgery" answer. So I've looked up which ones in particular NEED to be stopped, but I still have some questions and thought someone here could help.

What about:
Vitamin C
Magnesium glycinate
Vitamin D3

Those are the ones I can't find enough info on, and don't want to stop them unless I really have to.

Thanks in advance!


  • My surgeon and the hospital never told me to stop my multivitamin. They recommended that it wouldn't hurt to do so for a week before surgery and would just add another layer of safety.

    There were a few vitamins and minerals that are an absolute no-no. They are all related to blood thinning activities. Basically they don't want to cut into you and have you bleed out because your blood is tap water.

    Considering these health food industries, vitamins and minerals, have little to no real regulation. I don't think it is worth the risk of taking the vitamins before surgery. I stopped and sayed off them for about 2 weeks prior. Including Advil and any other OTC med that thins your blood.

    Why risk an incident during surgery for a dose of Vitamin C or D etc...
  • I just had both my knees replaced and was told to stop all supplements/herbs/vits/etc 1 month before surgery.

    The Drs reason was some of the are safe for what I was having done and other meds I would be getting BUT if something else was needed during or after surgery that we had not counted on and 1 of my extras conflicted with it then it could be a issue.

    So I guess it's a better safe then sorry situation :)

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
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