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Before any procedure, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of your unique condition and the specific procedure you’ll be receiving. In addition to fully understanding what your procedure entails, you’ll want to ensure you’re medically optimized prior to surgery — meaning that you’re in the best health possible.
Each condition and procedure are unique to the patient, and so are the preparation and recovery requirements. The steps you take to prepare for surgery will depend on which procedure you are having. Major surgeries will have a longer recovery time, and a bigger impact on your everyday life while you heal compared to minor ones. Whatever the case, there are some key things you should do to prepare in the months, weeks and days leading up to surgery.
Just as it’s important to prepare your body for surgery, preparing your home for your return is key to a smooth recovery.
Shower the morning of or night before surgery — to reduce the risk of infection, patients are typically restricted from showering after surgery. Brushing your teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene will also help reduce the risk of infection. Remember not to eat or drink anything before your procedure, including water.
Leave all valuables including jewelry at home. Wear comfortable, easy-to-change clothing. If you will be spending the night at the hospital, bring a clean change of clothes and any necessary toiletries. If you will be wearing a brace, be sure to pack some cotton T-shirts to wear underneath. At Citrus Spine Institute, our procedures are predominantly outpatient, so some of these items may not be required. Check with your doctor or nurse to see what you will need to bring.
For further information regarding spinal surgery preparation, we encourage our patients to attend our Spine Academy program. We established this pre-operative program in partnership with Citrus Memorial Hospital to empower and educate our patients. When you attend the Spine Academy program, you’ll learn about your pre- and post-operative requirements and any hospital stay information. You’ll also be able to discuss your questions or concerns with your healthcare providers at your pre-operative appointment at Citrus Spine so that you can feel confident going into your procedure.
6099 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy
Crystal River, FL 34429
As a boutique medical practice offering non-surgical and surgical treatment options for spine patients, we provide white-glove service paired with trusted expertise.