When it comes to medications, there aren’t any particular medications that an individual needs to take before surgery. After surgery, we do give patients several prescriptions which may include pain medication, anti-nausea medication, and also medication to reduce the amount of acid that your stomach produces, which just helps with the healing process. Some patients are already taking multiple medications to treat their conditions, which might be for high blood pressure or high cholesterol. In general, we will have them continue taking those medications after surgery. However, we also monitor those patients very closely and most of the time we end up gradually weaning them off of his medications, which ultimately is the goal.
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