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Standard recommendation is that Plavix should be stopped 3 days before surgery but because his stenting is very recent you need to ask his vascular surgeon regarding stopping Plavix.
In most cases patients are put on alternative anti coagulants like low molecular weight heparins but his vascular surgeon should determine what anti coagulants have to be used.
To make him more comfortable he can be put on acetaminophen with maximum dose being 3000mg in 4-6 divided doses.You may also use biofreeze application to shoulder for pain relief.
He also needs to take some precautions regarding posture.He needs to avoid all overhead activities and keep his elbow loose ( avoid raising it to side of body) while performing any activity.
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