Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Avoid Aspirin Before Surgery?

Friday, 23 March 2012 08:48 AM

Question: For many years I have taken a daily aspirin for heart health. I have to have some dental surgery and I’m wondering if I should stop taking the aspirin before I have the procedure. The oral surgeon’s assistant said he did not know the answer to this question.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Aspirin is a common, chronically administered preventive treatment for cardiovascular disease, but is often discontinued prior to invasive dental procedures because of concern for bleeding complications. Some studies have reported that there is no indication to discontinue aspirin for persons requiring single-tooth extraction, even with 325 mg/day aspirin. Much published data indicates that there is no need to stop low-dose aspirin (baby aspirin) therapy for dental extractions and risk thromboembolic, cerebrovascular or myocardial complications.

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There is no reason to discontinue aspirin use before surgery.
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