General and Gastrointestinal Surgery

About Steroids

Your doctor will discuss the plan for tapering of your steroids prior to your discharge if you were on them preoperatively. Typically, patients are discharged on 20 mg of prednisone per day. This is reduced by one half each week until the patient reaches 2.5 mg per day. We will then switch the patient to 2.5 mg every other day and stop. Please contact your hematologist after discharge to confirm the steroid instructions you have been given.