Blood Thinners: Don’t Let Them Stand in Your Way

With any recommendation we make regarding the use of medicine, we always must weigh the risks and benefits.   For example, when prescribing common medicines such as painkillers and antibiotics, we always take into consideration any possible side effects to make sure that the benefits of taking it outweigh the risks.

PillsSimilarly, when a patient who regularly takes medications for his or health needs a procedure done, we carefully take into consideration the risks and benefits associated with halting the medication during the procedure.   With millions of people now taking anticoagulant drugs (or “blood thinners”) to combat the risk of stroke and unwanted clots regularly, it’s very common for us to have patients who are on these medications. With blood thinners, the risk has always been that during and after surgery, the medicine will prevent the blood from clotting fast enough for a safe, successful recovery. Naturally, this concept causes unease among our patients, as they are concerned with the possible dangers of going off of their medication, which they know could endanger their health.

The good news is that while blood thinners may be a problem with many surgical procedures, fortunately, they do not usually present a significant concern with most of the oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures we perform in our office. Although each case is analyzed and treated differently, we are usually able to control bleeding with the use of local methods during and after the procedure.

For that reason, we typically don’t have patients stop their necessary blood thinning medications when they are referred to our practice. So rest assured: even if you take blood-thinning medications, you can still come to us to have the work you need completed safely.