Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Spine and Neck Surgery

What should I do prior to surgery?

Do not take food or anything to drink after midnight the evening prior to your procedure.

It is important to check with your internist, local doctor and cardiologist before surgery for approval regarding your medications that need to be discontinued before surgery, especially blood thinners.

You should take your medications for blood pressure, heart disease, asthma or emphysema. Take them with a small sip of water. If you are diabetic, do not take your oral diabetic medications. If you take insulin, contact us for special instructions. Please bring your medications with you the day of the procedure.

Avoid aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs, like Motrin, Ibuprophen, Celebrex or Naprosyn for at least 14 days prior to surgery. If you are taking blood thinners, like Coumadin, these should be stopped 3-5 days before surgery after arrangements are made with your doctor. Plavix should be stopped 7-10 days prior to surgery, but only after insuring the safety of stopping it with your prescribing doctor.

Leave your valuables at home. You must make arrangements to have a responsible adult drive take you home. Please have a telephone number for us to contact this person on the day of your procedure. You cannot proceed with your procedure if you do not arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home.

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