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What happens before the procedure?

You should not take aspirin, or any product containing aspirin, within 10 days of the date of your procedure. If there is any question as to the contents of a medication, please call your doctor or consult your pharmacist. Acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) is an acceptable pain reliever. You should consult your doctor about whether or not ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, and others) or other nonsteroid antiinflammatory drugs are permissible.

You may eat a light meal prior to your procedure. Smokers should make every effort to stop smoking, or at least reduce the number of cigarettes. This will help to reduce postoperative coughing and bleeding.

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