Blood thinners & hand surgery
If you regularly take a blood thinning medication to prevent strokes, heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus or other types of blood clots your medication list will include one of the following medications:
- clopidogrel (other names include Plavix®, Iscover®, Piax®, DuoCover®, CoPlavix®)
- warfarin (other names include Coumadin®, Marevan®)
If there is a good reason for you to take this medication it is usually appropriate for you to continue with your medication around the time of hand surgery. Commonly the risks and potential outcomes of stopping the medication (like a stroke or heart attack) are worse than the risk of increased post operative bruising and bleeding in hand surgery.
If you are taking blood thinning medications we need to discuss this prior to your surgery and determine what should be done. Please do not stop your medication without obtaining medical advice. In most instances I will be able to perform your hand surgery without ceasing your anticoagulant medications.