The doctors and the staff at The Spine Clinic of Oklahoma City 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 overall spinal health.
How Should I Prepare for Surgery?
If you and your doctor 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.
- Seek treatment for any tooth, gum, bladder, or bowel problems to reduce risk of infection.
- 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.
- Take your pain medication as directed.
By following these guidelines, you can play an active part in the successful outcome of your surgery.