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Stopping Warfarin before an operation.

(8 Posts)
Bluebellwould Tue 15-Dec-20 14:40:35

Has anyone been on warfarin and stopped it prior to op? I’ve been told by two doctors to a) stop it five days before. Or b) stop it and use heparin injections to cover gap. Now I’m confused. What did you do please. Many thanks.

Charleygirl5 Tue 15-Dec-20 14:54:57

Ask your doctor again because I doubt if you have heparin to inject.

Marydoll Tue 15-Dec-20 15:08:29

Your clinician is the person to ask. None us are qualified to answer that question for a number of reasons.
It would be foolish and dangerous to offer that kind of advice on a public forum.

Good luck with your op.

midgey Tue 15-Dec-20 15:23:11

Only an expert could tell you! I have heard of both methods but as others have said ask your clinician.

Alishka Tue 15-Dec-20 15:26:11

Well, Warfarin is a blood thinner, so it makes sense.

Sarnia Tue 15-Dec-20 15:58:34

Will you have a pre-op assessment? That's a question for them. They must get asked that lots of times.

Bluebellwould Tue 15-Dec-20 17:32:53

Thanks for replies. I was just wondering if anyone else had to do it and what they did, as opposed to what I should do if that makes sense. Anyway thanks for opinions much appreciated.

Georgesgran Tue 15-Dec-20 22:29:00

It’s some years ago, but my MIL was admitted to Hospital 3 days before her op as she lived alone, so they could be sure she didn’t take her Warfarin.

I’d just ask the question now.