Why is a review of medications required during a dermatologic preoperative evaluation?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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In addition to a thorough medical history, the surgeon must inquire about all prescribed, over-the-counter, and herbal medications that a patient is taking. Many common medications can profoundly affect the perioperative and postoperative outcomes. Three major areas in which certain medications may interfere with surgical outcomes include hemostasis, wound healing, and drug interactions.


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