Dr. Brett Braly and the staff at The Spine Clinic are committed to providing the highest quality care to their patients. They want each and every patient to be adequately prepared before they even get to their first appointment. That’s why we are available to answer any of your questions. We also strive to make sure our patients are educated about their course of treatment and spinal health in general.
What Should I Bring to My First Appointment?
It is important that you bring your medical records. You can also save time at your appointment by clicking the link below, filling out the patient forms and bringing them to your appointment.
How Should I Prepare for Surgery?
If your doctor and you decide that surgery is the right course of action, there are a few steps you should take to prepare. There are always risks associated with surgery and it is best to reduce those risks as much as possible ahead of surgery. These steps are:
From the outset, make sure to discuss your medications with your surgeon.
If you smoke, consider quitting or cutting back before surgery to reduce risk.
Work with your doctor to prepare a plan for potential blood replacement.
If you are overweight and can, lose weight ahead of the surgery.
Stop taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatories.
Seek treatment for any tooth, gum, bladder, or bowel problems to reduce risk of infection.
Eat a well balanced diet, making sure to take more iron.
If you have an infection, report it. Surgery cannot be performed if you are suffering from an infection.
Arrange help with daily tasks to be performed after your surgery.
Move objects that you commonly use within easy reach before to avoid bending or stretching after.
Tape down all electrical cords and remove all loose carpets and other trip hazards.
What Should I Do On the Day of My Procedure?
On the day of your procedure, there will be a few extra tasks you must do to prepare. Make sure to complete every item on this list:
Arrange a ride to and from the hospital. You will not be able to drive for a minimum of 24 hours after surgery,
When you leave, do not eat on the ride home.
Only eat once you are hungry and avoid greasy foods for at least 24 hours.
Take your pain medication as directed. Start when you begin to feel uncomfortable.
By following these guidelines you can play an active part in the successful outcome of your surgery.
At the Spine Clinic, we value patient education. It is our belief that a well-informed patient can better communicate their needs, wishes, and symptoms. To better educate you on the spine, spinal health, and spinal surgery, we created the gallery of educational videos below. Take a look and learn more about what you can do for your spine.