diet, and the location of the surgery. Chances are that there may be multiple reasons for this change. You may want to consult your surgeon and/or anesthesiologist if you are concerned.
procedure called a blood patch. The nice thing about an epidural for any laboring patient is that in the event that you must have a cesarean section, you may use the epidural catheter to dose.
studies, researchers looked at many thousands of cases where children undergoing minor procedures had an upper respiratory infection (URI). The issue was that if you cancelled these cases, at great inconvenience and cost to everyone involved, and then brought the child back in a couple of weeks there was still a large number who had another cold or still had symptoms. They looked at the rates of serious complications with anesthesia and found that they were not changed by going ahead rather than rescheduling. There was an increase in throat irritation and minor symptoms. You may want to speak with your surgeon and or the anesthesia team to determine if your 'bad' cold is bad enough to warrant postponing the procedure.
Clinicians always look at these problems in terms of a risk-benefit ratio. The 'risk' of withholding medication for a day or so is relatively minor compared to the possible 'benefit' of avoiding a potentially serious medication interaction. The stimulant medications may be started relatively soon postoperatively, so the inconvenience should be minimal.
Always inform your surgeon and anesthesiologist of all the medications that you are taking during your preoperative visit or phone interview, including over-the-counter medication and herbal supplements. Some of these may need to be withheld for a period of time before and after surgery as well.
It is possible to have a hip replacement surgery with a regional anesthetic instead of a general anesthetic, but medications are almost always withheld in a similar fashion in this circumstance also, just in case to avoid the possible situations mentioned above.
type of medication taken, the clinical reasons for taking the medication,
and the type of surgery must all be considered before giving you an answer.
Consult your surgeon and the physician who prescribed the blood thinners
before any decision to stop or "hold' medication. You wouldn't want to have
your surgery canceled or delayed unnecessarily due to a miscommunication or
misunderstanding. You can do an internet search of guidelines for holding
medications prior to surgery, but as I said, you must consult both the
surgeon and the physician responsible for prescribing your blood thinning
medication. Some medications may need to be discontinued for a significant
amount of time, so make your inquiries as early in the process as possible.
Other medications may be continued before surgery, particularly heart and
blood pressure medications. Be sure to let your surgeon and
other physicians know which medications you are taking. Don't forget to
mention all non prescription, vitamin, and herbal medications also. Be sure
to ask when you should restart any medications which you may have stopped
for surgery. Good luck with your procedure!