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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)


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


  • 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.


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.



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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