Care Instructions for Our Surgical Patients
To best prepare our patients for surgery, we ask that you review and follow these guidelines for optimal outcomes.
Prior to your surgery, your Primary Care Physician may perform what’s known as a pre-operative clearance. As part of this, he/she will review your medical history and ask about anything that could adversely affect the outcome of the surgery, including existing medical conditions and allergies. You may also undergo laboratory tests, particularly if you have other medical conditions or problems. These may include blood tests, an electrocardiogram or EKG, and a chest X-ray.
Your blood tests should be done within 14 days of your surgery date. The results must be sent to our office no later than 5 days before your surgery date. Blood test results should be faxed to our office at (203) 792-8193.
Provide your doctor and surgeon with a list of ALL prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, including over-the-counter products that you might not think are important such as aspirin, dietary supplements, and vitamins. Some medications can have a significant affect on your surgery, including how you respond to anesthesia. Be sure to ask your physician for instructions on which medications to avoid or stop prior to surgery. If he/she directs you to suspend taking certain medications prior to surgery, confirm the dates on when you should stop, but do not stop taking medications you normally use unless you are advised by your doctor or surgeon to do so.
Unless prescribed by one of your physicians, do not take aspirin-containing drugs or other medications that thin the blood, i.e., Aleve, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, ginger, gingko, Vitamin E, Celebrex for 10 days prior to surgery. If needed, substitute Tylenol for Aspirin.
Check with your Primary Care Physician if you are taking Coumadin or Plavix. They will advise you when to discontinue the medication prior to your surgery.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. This includes water. Any medications you must take the morning of your surgery take with only enough sips of water to swallow the medications.
- Do not chew gum or eat hard candies.
- No alcoholic beverages for 48 hours prior to surgery.
- No smoking at least 24 hours prior to surgery.
- Shower and shampoo your hair the morning of surgery.
You will need to bring your MRI/Films with you to the hospital the day of your surgery if they were not done at Danbury Hospital or Norwalk Hospital, depending on at which hospital your surgery will be performed.
If your surgery is being performed at Danbury Hospital, a nurse will call you the night before the surgery to tell you what time you should arrive at the hospital and where to check in.
If your surgery is being performed at Norwalk Hospital, your Surgical Coordinator will tell you during your conversation at the time your surgery is scheduled what time you should arrive at the hospital and where to check in.
In the weeks prior to your surgery, prepare yourself physically for the rigor of surgery by eating a balanced diet, rich in Vitamin C, which promotes healing of tissue.
You can prepare yourself emotionally by Thinking Positively.
Please contact your surgical coordinator with questions by calling either of our office locations and selecting your doctor’s surgical coordinator as follows:
Dr. Shahid/ Dr. Marcus - Kara Burns- ext. 212
Dr. Batson/ Dr. Sanderson - Cara Williams- ext. 225
- Pre-Operative Instructions
- Post-Operative Instructions - Lumbar Surgery
- Post-Operative Instructions - Lumbar Surgery Fusion
- Post-Operative Instructions - Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery
- Post-Operative Instructions - Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery With Fusion
- Post-Operative Instructions - Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery
- Post-Operative Instructions - Brain Surgery