Preoperative FAQ’s

When Should I Stop Eating and Drinking Before Surgery?

Please refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your surgery.

What Medications Should I Avoid Before Surgery?

Avoid all medications that could thin your blood, including aspirin, NSAIDS (over-the-counter Motrin, Aleve, Advil, Nuprin, or other arthritis medications). Avoid vitamin E, Garlic and herbal or natural supplements. Please ask your doctor or nurse for a full list of medications to avoid prior to surgery. These medications need to be stopped 10 (ten) days before surgery.

Will I Need Blood for my Surgery?

Your physician will advise you if blood products will be required. Autodonation or blood bank blood may be used.

How Long Will I Be in the Hospital?

Most surgeries require overnight hospitalization with discharge the following morning. Extensive surgeries, such as fusions, craniotomies, ect., may require an extended length of stay. Your physician will advise you as to how long you will need to stay.

When will I Be Up and Walking Following my Back Surgery?

Most patients are ambulatory the evening of surgery or the following morning if your surgery was late in the day.

How long do I have to wear a back brace or neck collar?

Your doctor may prescribe a back brace following fusion surgery. You should wear it most of the time when you are up and moving around. You will be asked to wear the brace until the doctor advises you that your back has fused (approximately 4-6 months). Following neck surgery, you should wear your collar most of the time, even at night, until your first post-op appointment (approximately 3-5 weeks).