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Preparing for Surgery

For the small percentage of patients that actually undergo a surgical procedure at The Minimally Invasive Spine Clinic we understand that it can be a point of concern that you prepare properly for your procedure. To help calm the fears of our patients we want to briefly explain one aspect of pre-surgery preparation.

Preparing for Surgery

Seven days before your scheduled surgery you should stop the following medications:

  • Blood thinners
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) more information below
  • Dietary supplements
  • Vitamins (over-the-counter)
  • Herbal remedies

Again, it is important to stop these items a full seven days before your surgery. One of the most commonly misunderstood medications are NSAIDs. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of all the forms of NSAIDs that should be stopped.

  • Choline and magnesium salicylates
  • Diclofenac potassium (Cataflam)
  • Diclofenac sodium (Voltaren, Voltaren XR)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Indomethacin (Indocin, Indocin SR)
  • Ketoprofen
  • Mefenamic acid (Ponstel)
  • Meloxicam (Mobic)
  • Naproxen (Naprosyn)
  • Piroxicam (Feldene)
  • Sodium salicylate (various generics)
  • Tolmetin sodium (Tolectin)
  • Valdecoxib (Bextra)

THE DAY BEFORE

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.  

THE DAY OF

  • Do not eat or drink anything, unless instructed otherwise.
  • You may brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, but spit out all the liquid.
  • Take a bath or shower the morning of surgery, but DO NOT use any powder, lotion, deodorant,  perfume, or aftershave.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Bring an adult family member or friend to drive you home after your surgery.
  • Leave valuables, including jewelry and watches at home.
  • Please remove all body piercing jewelry and leave it at home.
  • Please do not wear contact lenses or make-up.
  • Please bring all your medications with you.
  • Please bring your brace with you.

For more information about your visit to The Minimally Invasive Spine Clinic, please see our Patient Portal.

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The information contained is neither intended as rendering medical advice nor as a substitute for seeking professional medical assistance. Any individual with specific questions regarding their individual health or treatment options should contact us and schedule an appointment.

 

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One thought on “PATIENT PORTAL

  1. Helow sir,

    I am 24 years lady having lower back pain and left side ribs pain.My MRI result is” Left side ligamentum flavum thickening at D7-8 causing effacement of epidural fat”.I need to know it in simple words what exactly does it means??

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