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What should I do if I’m taking warfarin and need to have surgery?

If you're taking warfarin and need to have surgery, be sure to tell the doctor who will be doing the surgery that you are taking warfarin. Tell your doctor (the one who put you on warfarin) about the surgery you have planned. He or she may tell you to stop taking warfarin before the surgery or change your dose of warfarin before the surgery.  

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