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Pre-operative information - Your Visit With Our Spine Doctors: What To Bring


While in Hospital

  • A sterile gauze and waterproof dressing (Tegaderm) will be applied with nursing assistance. This dressing should cover the wound for about three days.
  • Showering is permitted. DO NOT allow the water to spray directly onto your incision.
  • Shower with the gauze and Tegaderm.
  • Remove the dressing after you shower. Even though the dressing may appear to be dry, moisture will still collect on the dry gauze from the shower.
  • After day five post-op, if there is no drainage from the wound or any open area of the wound, you may shower without covering the wound, but DO NOT submerge the wound in water.
  • Pat the incision dry once you are done in the shower.
  • Your incision will heal best when clean and dry.
  • You may remove the bandage and leave the wound open to air once there is no further drainage from the incision site.
  • DO NOT apply any medications, ointments, lotions, sunblock, etc. until you have seen your doctor at your first post-op appointment and they indicate it is safe to use these items over the incision site.
  • The day after your surgery you may be assisted by a physical therapist to regain mobility. After your physical therapy session you should continue to walk several more times during the day as tolerated.
  • Your bladder should be functioning prior to you leaving the hospital.
  • Please note that your bowel function is typically slower to return to normal. Walking early after surgery is usually the best way to stimulate quick return of bowel function.
  • You will not be kept overnight if you have not had a bowel movement, but you will be started on a bowel program immediately after surgery. Therefore, you can expect activity either during your stay or soon after you get home.
  • You will be discharged from the hospital when you achieve a relative level of independence (moderate level of mobility, eating without nausea, and managing your pain with oral medication only). Your goal is to transition from injection pain medications to oral narcotic pain medications (or non-narcotics) as soon as possible. This should be by one to two days after surgery.
  • A family member or friend will be able to transport you home with regular transportation. A comfortable sedan or SUV that allows the passenger seat to recline is usually more comfortable for patients early post-op versus a small car or sports car.
  • If a pain medication prescription is not given to you during your stay in the hospital, please call our office with your pharmacy name, phone number, and fax number. We will make sure to call in a prescription for you. Please note any prescription with Oxycontin or Oxycodone (including Percocet) must be filled by the patient with the actual prescription in hand and cannot be called into a pharmacy.

At Home – First Six to Eight Weeks

  • A sterile gauze and waterproof dressing (Tegaderm) will be applied with nursing assistance. This dressing should cover the wound for about three days.
  • Showering is permitted. DO NOT allow the water to spray directly onto your incision.
  • Shower with the gauze and Tegaderm.
  • Remove the dressing after you shower. Even though the dressing may appear to be dry, moisture will still collect on the dry gauze from the shower.
  • After day five post-op, if there is no drainage from the wound or any open area of the wound, you may shower without covering the wound, but DO NOT submerge the wound in water.
  • Pat the incision dry once you are done in the shower.
  • Your incision will heal best when clean and dry.
  • You may remove the bandage and leave the wound open to air once there is no further drainage from the incision site.
  • DO NOT apply any medications, ointments, lotions, sunblock, etc. until you have seen your doctor at your first post-op appointment and they indicate it is safe to use these items over the incision site.
  • The day after your surgery you may be assisted by a physical therapist to regain mobility. After your physical therapy session you should continue to walk several more times during the day as tolerated.
  • Your bladder should be functioning prior to you leaving the hospital.
  • Please note that your bowel function is typically slower to return to normal. Walking early after surgery is usually the best way to stimulate quick return of bowel function.
  • You will not be kept overnight if you have not had a bowel movement, but you will be started on a bowel program immediately after surgery. Therefore, you can expect activity either during your stay or soon after you get home.
  • You will be discharged from the hospital when you achieve a relative level of independence (moderate level of mobility, eating without nausea, and managing your pain with oral medication only). Your goal is to transition from injection pain medications to oral narcotic pain medications (or non-narcotics) as soon as possible. This should be by one to two days after surgery.
  • A family member or friend will be able to transport you home with regular transportation. A comfortable sedan or SUV that allows the passenger seat to recline is usually more comfortable for patients early post-op versus a small car or sports car.
  • If a pain medication prescription is not given to you during your stay in the hospital, please call our office with your pharmacy name, phone number, and fax number. We will make sure to call in a prescription for you. Please note any prescription with Oxycontin or Oxycodone (including Percocet) must be filled by the patient with the actual prescription in hand and cannot be called into a pharmacy.

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