Avoid Herbs Before Surgery

Avoid Herbs Before Surgery

Popping some herbal supplements before going on the operating table may not be a good idea.
Some popular herbs appear to prolong anesthesia, increase bleeding during surgery and cause changes in blood pressure, researchers report at the American Society for Anesthesiologists meeting in Dallas. The report is based on a survey of 979 patients about to undergo surgery. Dr. Charles McLeskey, an anethesiologist at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Pa., found 17 percent took at least one herbal product.
Anethesiologists and researchers recommend patients tell their surgeons about all herbal products they use, including prescription and over-the-counter remedies. The most common herbal remedies used by patients were Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Ginger and Ginseng, which all appear to prevent blood clotting and may lead to more blood loss during surgery.
St. John’s Wort and Kava may extend the effects of anesthesia.

Herbal supplements may cause dangerous complications during Plastic Surgery
A large number of people use natural herbs for various medical problems. Although natural herbs are supposed to enhance immune system, they may prove dangerous in some situations.

A study in February’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), states that many of the so called harmless herbs may cause dangerous side effects during plastic surgery.

Usually when a patient is asked by a doctor about his medication before a surgery it is often assumed by the patient that these herbal products are harmless and thus fail to  mention them to the doctor.

Substances often used by patients are:-

Chondroitin is one substance which is often used to treat osteoarthritis. People using chondroitin may suffer from bleeding complications during surgery, particularly when used in combination with doctor-prescribed blood-thinning medications.

Ephedra is used for asthma and bronchitis. It is now banned in US for its complications such as raised BP, palpitation, heart attacks.

Echinacea is often used for the prevention and treatment of viral, bacterial and fungal infections, as well as chronic wounds, ulcers and arthritis. However, it can trigger immunosuppression, causing poor wound healing and infection.

Glucosamine, often offered in conjunction with chondroitin, contains chemical elements that mimic human insulin, and may artificially cause hypoglycemia during surgery.

Other common supplements taken by patients that may cause dangerous side effects included gingko biloba, goldenseal, milk thistle, ginseng, kava and garlic.

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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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