So I am due for my breast augmentation soon & my surgeon suggests to all patients to stop taking oral contraceptives (combination pill) 2 weeks prior to surgery. I know it increases your risk for clots (DVT) however I have no clotting history (me or family), have been on the pill for 7 years and am very active and plan to walk a lot after surgery. I’m a nurse & don’t typically see this requirement in pre-op patients and don’t want to endure the S/E of stopping the pill. Help
So we use a scale called the Caprini score. You can google it. You get "points" for being at higher risk for DVT and at a certain score (risk level) it is recommended you take blood thinners around the time of surgery. Oral contraception is 1 point. So is age >40, BMI >25, history of miscarriages, etc. So It's a gestalt and OCP is just one component. I think having a really frank conversation about your actual risk with your surgeon makes a lot of sense.
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