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Before Your Spine Surgery

Tests and Immunizations

Prior to your surgery you are required to have a “work-up” typically with your primary care physician within 30 days of your scheduled date. The work-up may include blood tests, a chest x-ray and an electrocardiogram. Please make sure you have notified your insurance company and received the correct preauthorization/certification for the surgery.

We recommend that you receive a seasonal influenza immunization (flu shot) if you are 50 years or older or have a history of any chronic illnesses. If you are 65 years or older or have any history of chronic illness, a pneumonia vaccine is also recommended before your surgery. Your primary care physician can help you in obtaining these vaccines.

The Week Before your Surgery

The week before your surgery, a member of the pre-admission staff will call you to obtain information about your current medical history. You will be given a time to arrive at the hospital prior to your surgery.

If you become ill before your surgery, contact your surgeon and your primary care physician as soon as possible. If you are unwell, surgery may need to be delayed until you are feeling better.

What to Bring to the Hospital

Please bring a list of all of your current medications. The care team will need this in order to make sure you continue to receive your needed medicines. Please make sure you note the name of the drug, the dosage (how much you take each time, for example 10 mg) and how often you take it.
We recommend that you bring personal items such as your glasses, hearing aids, dentures and walking shoes with a sturdy, flat bottom. This provides greater stability when walking. Please refrain from bringing any valuables to the hospital. Please remove any jewelry and leave it at home.

A picture identification card (driver’s license) and your insurance card will also be needed so place these in a safe and accessible spot when arriving to for surgery or leave with a trusted relative or friend accompanying you.