Getting Ready For Orthopedic Spine Surgery
The Day before Surgery
A nurse will call you letting you know when to arrive and the time of your surgery. If your
surgery is on Monday, expect a call the Friday before.
Eat a light supper. Do not eat solid foods after midnight. This includes gum and candy.
Do not drink alcohol after 8:00 pm the night before surgery.
Do not use tobacco after midnight.
Stop drinking clear liquids 4 hours before your scheduled surgery time.
Wash with an antibacterial soap (Hibiclens®) for 2 – 3 minutes. Wash again the next morning
using the Hibiclens®.
Remove nail polish, artificial nails, make-up, jewelry and/or all piercings. Plan to leave any
valuables at home.
If you take blood thinners, please check with your Cardiologist, Primary Care Doctor, or the
Spine Clinic Staff when or if you should stop taking your blood thinning medicine.
The Morning of Surgery
With a sip of water, take only the medicines that your doctor has told you to take.
Before and After Surgery Unit – is located to the left of the main hospital entrance.
Bring this packet with you to the hospital.
If you have given blood in advance, be sure to let the staff know on the day of your surgery work-up.
Also, talk with your doctor about taking an iron supplement before and after giving blood.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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