Did you know that you are expected to reveal all prescriptions you use as well as any herbal supplements whenever you have any kind of cosmetic surgery procedure, from a straightforward Botox and filler injection to a face lift or liposuction or other plastic surgery technique?
The majority of individuals undergoing elective surgery still fail to disclose to their surgeons or anesthesiologists that they are using herbal supplements; many doctors still forget to inquire, and the failure to communicate can significantly increase the danger of the procedure.
According to plastic surgeon David J. Rowe, MD, commonly used herbal treatments like ginkgo biloba, ginseng, garlic, or echinacea might be harmful when taken in the days leading up to surgery, even though they may state "natural" or "herbal" on the box.
However, he tells WebMD that studies show that up to 70% of people fail to inform their physicians that they are using herbal supplements.
There are numerous explanations for this, he claims. Patients may believe that their doctors are ignorant about herbal supplements or that they will view the use of these products as "quack" therapy.
Prior to surgery, patients should inform their doctors of all medications they are taking, including herbal supplements. Doctors should also provide patients a list of supplements to stay away from.
According to WebMD, here are 7 herbs or herbal supplements that can increase bleeding or cause anesthesia reactions:
2. Gingko Biloba
5. Dong quai
7. Valerian root
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