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    Many steps need to be completed before a spinal surgery procedure. The first step is to determine what surgery option is best to treat your condition. Once that’s established, one of the doctors at Central NJ Spine will discuss everything you can expect from the surgery, as well asa post-treatment plan.

    What to Expect

    Prior to surgery, you will undergo a physical exam to ensure you don’t have any conditions that would affect surgery or recovery. Other routine tests and exams will be conducted, and you should always let your doctor know of any medications you’re taking. Why? Well, some medications may interfere with the recovery process.

    Patients who are overweight may also have to lose weight before the surgery to prevent any unnecessary stress on the body during and after the procedure. In addition, diet plans should be discussed with your doctor before surgery.

    Certain medications, like aspirin, warfarin,andanti-inflammatory drugs,mightneed to be avoided, as they can increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Additionally, smokers should try to quit or cut down on the number of cigarettes they smoke to reduce theriskofcomplications during surgery. Other conditions, like tooth and gum problems or bladder and bowel conditions, might also have to be treated before surgeryto prevent a possible infection. If you have an infection of some kind, you need to inform your doctor immediately because surgery cannot be performed until the infection has been treated.

    After the Surgery

    After the surgery, you may need to make arrangements for help for certain daily tasks, such as laundry, shopping, and cleaning. You also won’t be able to drive for at least 24 hours, so you should make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from the procedure.

    Day Surgeries

    When preparing for a day surgery, avoid eating or drinking anything prior to and directly after surgery. After the procedure, you should put off eating until you’re hungry, and you should always start with a light, non-greasy meal. After the procedure, it’s a good idea to keep your extremities elevated and iced to prevent or decrease swelling. In most cases, pain medication will also be prescribed after the surgery.

    If you would like to learn more about what to expect and how to prepare for a spinal surgery, call Central NJ Spine today at 201-371-6004.

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