How you prepareBy Mayo Clinic staff
Follow your doctor's instructions on what to do before your treatment.
- Ask about blood-thinning medications. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking medications that increase your risk of bleeding several days prior to the procedure. These include warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix) and nonprescription pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve, others). Talk to the doctor who prescribed you medication before you make any changes.
- Don't eat before your procedure. Your doctor will likely tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight. On the morning of your procedure, take only the medications your doctor tells you to with a small sip of water.
- Arrange a ride home ahead of time. You won't be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
- Arrange for time off work. You may not be able to work or do strenuous activity for about two weeks after surgery, but depending on the type of laser procedure you have, you may need more or less recovery time. Ask your doctor how much time you may need.
Your doctor may also give you other steps to follow.
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