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When you and your doctor determine that surgery is the best course of action for your health, it’s important to prepare yourself both physically and mentally for the procedure. By doing so, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome and a smoother recovery process. This involves learning about the surgery, what to expect during the procedure, and creating a treatment plan for after the surgery. This could also mean skipping a dose of your weight loss medication before the surgery. 

New Studies on Ozempic & Wegovy Before Surgery 

New studies have found that weight loss drugs can create health issues for people under anesthesia. GLP-1 RA’s (Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist) like Ozempic and Wegoyv have become increasingly popular for weight management in addition to their use for hyperglycemia management for those with type 2 diabetes. 

Researchers have said that GLP-1 RA medications such as Ozempic can cause a build-up of gastric contents in the abdomen, raising the risk of aspiration during surgery. Aspiration is a medical condition that occurs when the contents of the stomach enter the lungs. Aspiration during surgery can be potentially dangerous. 

NYU suggests the following for patients taking a GLP-1 agonist medication and anesthesia: 

Day or week before the procedure:

  • If you take a GLP-1 agonist daily, like Saxenda, for weight loss, you should stop taking your medication the day before surgery.
  • If you take your GLP-1 agonists weekly, like Ozempic or Wegoyv, for weight loss, you should stop taking your medication a week before the procedure/surgery.
  • There may be special guidelines as to when you should stop eating or drinking prior to your procedure if you are taking these medications

Always disclose what medications you are taking with your surgeon and discuss your surgery preparations beforehand. Part of your pre-surgery plan could involve skipping a dose of your weight loss medication before the surgery. If you have questions or concerns about your surgery, please call us at 212-203-3324 or contact us here