When your amputation is planned, you will be asked to do certain things to prepare for it. Tell your doctor or nurse:
- What medicines you are taking, even medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription
- If you have been drinking a lot of alcohol
During the days before your surgery, you may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin), warfarin (Coumadin), and any other medicines that make it hard for your blood to clot.
Ask your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of your surgery. If you smoke, stop.
If you have diabetes, follow your diet and take your medicines as usual until the day of surgery.
On the day of the surgery, you will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 8 - 12 hours before your surgery.
Take any medicines your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water. If you have diabetes, follow the directions your doctor gave you.
Prepare your home before surgery:
- Plan for what help you will need when you come home from the hospital.
- Arrange for a family member, friend, or neighbor to help you. Or ask your doctor or nurse for help planning for a home health aid to come into your home.
- Ensure that your bathroom and the rest of your house are safe for you to move around in. For example, remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs.
- Ensure that you will be able to get in and out of your home safely.