Pre Surgery

Pre-Operative Process

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Questions To Ask

Having spinal surgery can be difficult to prepare for. Here at the Center for Advanced Spine Care of Southern Arizona, we put together the following list of questions that may help you get all the information you need prior to surgery. Please use these questions to help you conduct a meaningful discussion with your spine surgeon on the risk and benefits as well as expected outcomes of your surgery.

  • What are the risks involved? How likely are they?
  • What type of anesthesia will be used? What are the risks?
  • What type of implant will be used? What is the track record for this type of implant?
  • Will I have to stop taking any of my medications before surgery?
  • What options are available to avoid a blood transfusion?
  • How long will I have to stay in the hospital?
  • How much pain is normal to expect and how long will it last?
  • Will I receive medication for the pain?
  • When will I start physical therapy? Will I need home or outpatient therapy?
  • Will I need to arrange for some assistance at home? If so, for how long?
  • What limits will there be on activities – such as driving, bathing, climbing stairs, eating, sex?
  • How long will I need to be out of work?
  • How often will I need to return for follow-up visits?
  • What complications can arise after surgery? What are the signs of complications?

Please be sure to have all your questions answered on your preoperative appointment day prior to leaving the office. We would like you to be prepared as best as possible for your surgery.

Medications To Avoid:

The following drugs contain aspirin or other products, which can cause increased bleeding during surgery and should not be taken for 10 days prior to surgery. If you should need to take something for relief of minor pain, you may take Tylenol.

Advil
Aleve
Alka Seltzer
Alcohol
Anacin
Anaprox
Ansaid
Arthrotec
Aspirin
APC
BC Tablets or Powder
BC Cold Powder
Brufen
Bufferin
Cama Arthritis Pain Reliever
Cataflam
Celebrex
Cephalgesics
Clinoril
Cogesprin
Coricidin
Coumadin (Warfarin)
Darvon
Darvon with Aspirin
Daypro
Diclofenac
Diflunisal
Disalcid Tablets or Capsules
Doan’s Regular and Extra Strength
Dolobid
Dristan
Duradyne Tablets
Easprin
Ecotrin
Eliquis
Empirin
Enbrel
Equagesic Tablets
Etodolac
Excedrin
Feldene
Fiorinal
Flurbiprofen Sodium
4 Way Cold Tablets
Goody’s Headache
Powder or Tablets
Ibuprofen
Indomethacin
Indocin
Ketoprofen
Lodine
Meclomen
Medipren
Meloxicam
Midol 200
Midol PMS caplets
Mobic
Motrin
Nabumeton
Naprelan
Naprosyn
Naprosyn Pepto Bismal
Tablets and Liquid
Naproxen
Norgesic forte
Orudis
Oruvail
Oxaprozin
Percodan
Persantine
Piroxicam
Plavix
Pradaxa
Quagesic
Relafen
Robaxisal
Rufen
Savaysa
Sine Aid
Soma Compound
Sulindac
Trandate
Trental
Trilisate
Vanquish
Vitamin E
Voltaren
Wesprin
Xarelto
Zavtrin
Zoprin
Herbal Supplements

 

Before stopping any of these medications, be sure to consult the physician who ordered them. Some, such as Coumadin (Warfarin), Plavix, Apixaban (Eliquis), Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Edoxaban (Savaysa), and Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) are ordered to prevent or treat serious conditions such as “deep venous thrombosis”, “pulmonary embolisms”, and other heart problems. This is not an all inclusive list. If you are unsure if you are taking an aspirin product or an anti-inflammatory, please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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