Yes, you may need to stop taking some medications before FTM top surgery. This is because some medications can interfere with blood clotting, which can increase the risk of bleeding during surgery.

The specific medications that you need to stop taking will depend on your individual medical history and the type of surgery you are having. Your surgeon will be able to give you a list of the medications that you need to stop taking.

Typically, you will need to stop taking medications that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). You may also need to stop taking blood thinners, such as warfarin or Coumadin.

In some cases, you may also need to stop taking medications for depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions. Your surgeon will be able to tell you if you need to stop taking any of your medications.

It is important to stop taking these medications as directed by your surgeon. Stopping these medications too early can increase your risk of bleeding during surgery.

If you have any questions about which medications you need to stop taking, be sure to talk to your surgeon.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind:

  • You may need to stop taking medications for a few weeks before surgery.
  • You should not start taking any new medications without talking to your surgeon first.
  • Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully.

Before FTM top surgery, it’s important to inform your surgeon about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, supplements, and herbal remedies. Your surgeon and anesthesia team will provide specific instructions regarding which medications you may need to adjust or discontinue before the surgery. The medications that may require special consideration include:

  1. Blood Thinners: Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and certain anticoagulants, may increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Your surgeon may advise you to stop taking these medications for a specific period before the surgery to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding. However, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider before discontinuing any prescribed medications.
  2. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Depending on your specific situation, your surgeon may recommend adjusting the dosage or timing of your hormone replacement therapy before the surgery. This is to optimize hormone levels and ensure the best surgical outcomes. It’s crucial to discuss your HRT regimen with your surgeon and follow their guidance regarding any necessary adjustments.
  3. Other Medications: Your surgeon may also provide instructions regarding other medications you are taking, such as medications for chronic conditions or specific health concerns. Some medications may need to be continued, while others may need to be temporarily discontinued or adjusted before the surgery. It’s important to follow the guidance of your surgeon and consult with your primary healthcare provider or specialists managing your specific medical conditions.
  4. Supplements and Herbal Remedies: Certain supplements and herbal remedies may interact with anesthesia or affect the surgical outcome. It’s essential to disclose all supplements and herbal remedies you are taking to your surgeon. They will provide instructions on which ones to discontinue or avoid before the surgery.

Always consult with your surgeon and healthcare provider regarding medication management before FTM top surgery. Follow their instructions closely and provide accurate information about your current medication regimen to ensure a safe surgical experience and optimal outcomes.