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A 45-year-old female asked:

I have a tumor slightly bigger than a golf ball in my abdomen, probably due to ovarian cancer. also have a history of heart attack and 3 stents. can i stay on plavix (clopidogrel) and still have the surgery?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Best to ask doctors.: Your cardiologist and gynecological surgeon will need to have an input in the decision to stop/continue the plavix (clopidogrel).
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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
When were : The stents placed? Are they drug eluting? Plavix (clopidogrel) significantly increases bleeding risks with surgery.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Probably not: Bleeding risk for surgery. Will do alternative therapy and be off Plavix (clopidogrel) for five -seven days.
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology 38 years experience
See doctors: Prior to surgery, a person with these problems and this medication should see a cardiologist and surgeon to discuss medical history and medications. Plavix (clopidogrel) is frequently stopped about 7-10 days before surgery, and may be replaced with other medications to prevent clotting. They will advise.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
There are some new monitoring tests to assess platelet function, and allow earlier surgery. ( which we may need in cardiac surgery cases )
Nov 4, 2013
Last updated Jan 25, 2015

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