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Spinal fusion
Pre and postoperative instructions

Spinal fusion

Before the Procedure

Tell your doctor or nurse what medicines you are taking. These include medicines, herbs, and supplements you bought without a prescription.

During the days before the surgery:

  • If you are a smoker, you need to stop. Patients who have spinal fusion and continue to smoke may not heal as well. Ask your doctor or nurse for help.
  • Two weeks before surgery, your doctor or nurse may ask you to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and other drugs like these.
  • If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical problems, your surgeon will ask you to see your regular doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol.
  • Ask your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of the surgery.
  • Let your surgeon know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses you may have.
  • On the day of the surgery:

  • You will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.
  • Take the medicines your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.
  • Arrive at the hospital on time.
  • After the Procedure

    You will stay in the hospital for 3 to 4 days after surgery.

    You will receive pain medicines in the hospital. You may take pain medicine by mouth or have a shot or an intravenous line (IV). You may have a pump that allows you to control how much pain medicine you get.

    You will be taught how to move properly and how to sit, stand, and walk. You will be told to use a "log-rolling" technique when getting out of bed. This means that you move your entire body at once, without twisting your spine.

    You may not be able to eat for 2 to 3 days. You will be given nutrients through an IV. When you leave the hospital, you may need to wear a back brace or cast.

    Your healthcare team will tell you how to take care of yourself at home after spine surgery. Follow instructions on how to take care of your back at home.

     

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