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Learn more information about your surgery:
Stop smoking. Smoking reduces circulation to the skin and impedes healing. Do not use any patches either, as these have nicotine in them, too. Remember that second-hand smoke is just as bad for you. Stay away from others who are smoking.
Do not take blood thinners. Stop taking any medications that contain aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen. In addition, stop taking Tamoxifen. Such drugs can increase bleeding during and after surgery. If you need a medication for pain before surgery, use medications containing acetaminophen. You should also limit your intake of vitamin E to less than 400mg a day, as it acts as a blood thinner.
Shower the night before surgery and wash everywhere, paying extra attention to the surgical areas. Use the Chlorhexidine scrub provided to you.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes water, gum, and mints.
Do not eat or drink ANYTHING. If you take daily medications, you may do so with a sip of water.