• Were you told to stop having alcoholic beverages a week before surgery?

    Asked by Cheryl2 on Friday, August 17, 2012

    Were you told to stop having alcoholic beverages a week before surgery?

    I was only told none the day before. I am 4 days out and just found out that I should have stopped a week before. What problems might this cause?

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      Alcohol slows your bodies ability to make platelets. Platelets usually drop during chemo treatments. Platelets are what clots your blood so if your platelets are low, you may bleed a little bit during surgery.

      Also, you will be receiving many drugs that may not interact well with alcohol. Some doctors prefer that you stop early to make sure all the alcohol is out of your system.

      The first time I had surgery and my platelets weren't an issue, I had a glass of wine the night before my surgery (clear liquid right!). My doctor did not put any restrictions on me. The second time I had surgery, my platelets were low so I had stopped drinking way before surgery but I still had a bleeding problem.

      Good luck wth your surgery.

      almost 9 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Alcohol can also have a negative impact on wound healing, so if you are a regular drinker, you may want to continue abstaining for a least a couple of weeks after surgery.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Cheryl2's Avatar

      Carol, I actually asked the RN if wine was a clear liquid and she said yes, but don't have it the day before surgery. Anyway it will be 4 days of abstaining before my surgery. I googled my question and found answers from 2 days to 2 weeks, so guess it depends on the hospital or surgeon what they recommend.

      almost 9 years ago
    • TheEvilyn8's Avatar

      From what I understand its definitely safer to stop drinking alcohol once you get diagnosed and during chemo and radiation. As CarolLHRN mentions, blood platelets go bye bye during cancer treatments. Good luck and FIGHT"S ON!

      almost 9 years ago

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