Millions of Americans routinely take herbal products, homeopathic medicines, and dietary supplements, but these so-called “natural” products may increase risk of bleeding during and after surgery.
Risky herbs and supplements include:
■Oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate)
■Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens, Salbalserrulata)
These supplements, as well as aspirin containing products, fish oil, anti-inflammatory medications and high dose Vitamin E should be stopped 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after surgery.