MUSC Advanced Migraine Surgery Program


Pre-Operative Guide

Two weeks before surgery

  • Do not take blood thinners.
  • Stop taking any medications that contain aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen. 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.

The night before surgery

  • Shower the night before surgery and wash everywhere, paying extra attention to the surgical areas.
  • Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes water, gum and mints.

The day of surgery

  • Do NOT eat or drink anything. If you take daily medications, you may do so with a sip of water.
  • You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow the water.
  • Shower the morning of surgery and wash the surgical site with soap and water. Dry off, but do not put anything else on your skin. That means not using perfume, moisturizer, deodorant or makeup.
  • Remove nail polish.
  • All body piercings (belly button, nipple, tongue, other) that are metal must be changed to plastic or removed entirely before the procedure. Please remove all other jewelry (necklaces, rings, wedding bands) as well. Also, do not wear anything in your hair that has metal on it.
  • Arrive at the surgery site two hours prior to your scheduled surgery. This allows time for registration as well as nursing and anesthesia evaluations.
  • Someone must accompany you to the holding area before your surgery. You must have a ride to and from the hospital (no taxis), and you cannot drive yourself home after surgery.

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