How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Follow your doctor's instructions on what to do before your treatment. Here are some issues to discuss with your doctor:

  • Your medications. Tell your doctor about any prescription, over-the-counter or supplements you take. This is especially important if you take blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix), and nonprescription pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others). Your surgeon may ask you to stop taking medications that increase your risk of bleeding several days prior to the surgery.
  • Fasting before your procedure. Your doctor will likely tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure. On the morning of your procedure, take only the medications your doctor tells you to with a small sip of water.
  • Arrangements after the procedure. Ask your doctor how long to expect to be in the hospital. You won't be able to drive yourself home after the procedure that day or generally if you have a catheter in the bladder.
  • Activity restrictions. You may not be able to work or do strenuous activity for about two weeks after surgery, but depending on the type of laser procedure you have, you may need more or less recovery time. Ask your doctor how much time you may need.
July 23, 2013