It is advisable to avoid smoking completely. Blood thinners like aspirin and oral contraceptives should also be stopped for a minimum period of a week prior to surgery. NSAIDs like ibuprofen cause bone softening and must be avoided to the maximum extent possible. Paracetmol (Tylenol) or Proxyvon (Darvocet) can be taken as alternative medications for the pain. It is advisable to stay in good shape prior to surgery by good aerobic exercises. However, this is a balance and unaccustomed exertion which causes severe pain should be avoided as this will provoke inflammation.