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Preparing Before Your Surgery

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Updated February 18, 2011

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Surgery and Dental Work

If you require dental care of any kind prior to your surgery or immediately after be sure to discuss it with your surgeon. Some dental procedures can increase the risk of complications during and after the surgery and should not be performed without talking to your surgeon.

There is a risk of a serious medical condition, bacterial endocarditis, that is associated with dental work. If you are at risk, your dentist or primary care physician may recommend an antibiotic before and after your dental procedure.

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