PRE-SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS


BEFORE SURGERY
Follow these guidelines before surgery to ensure that your visit goes smoothly:
  • You are invited to tour our facility prior to surgery. Please call ahead.
  • You will receive a phone call prior to your surgery from a nurse or physician, who will give instructions about the day of your surgery, review your health history, and answer questions you may have. Be sure to tell your nurse or physician about all medications and/or herbal supplements you are taking.
  • If you have not been contacted 48 hours before surgery, please call for pre-operative instructions — (541) 228-3666. Ask to speak to a nurse.
  • Your surgeon will have instructed you if lab-work or an EKG is required by our Anesthesia Department. Please obtain these as soon as possible so the anesthesiologist may review your results prior to surgery.
  • Please leave contact lenses at home. If you must wear your contacts or glasses, bring a container to place them in for safekeeping. We provide containers for removable dentures and bridgework.
  • Please do not take any medication after midnight unless instructed by your physician. If you are diabetic or taking blood pressure or heart medication, obtain specific instructions from your physician or our nurses.
  • The night before your surgery you may eat a light snack before 10:00 PM. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight - not even coffee or water. This will reduce the possibility of nausea and vomiting following anesthesia. You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow anything. Refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum or cigarettes. Failure to follow these instructions may result in cancellation of your surgery. If your case is scheduled later in the day, the nurse or anesthesiologist may alter these instructions.
  • Notify your physician before coming to the center if there is any change in your physical condition, such as a cold or fever.

DAY OF SURGERY
To help us meet all of your needs, please follow these guidelines:
  • Please bathe or shower prior to your surgery. Light makeup is OK. We prefer that you do not wear mascara. Do not use lotions or oils.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing such as sweat suits, shorts or easy to button shirts or blouses that are big enough to accommodate a large bandage after surgery. Wear comfortable shoes; no high heels, please.
  • Leave all valuables, including jewelry and cash, at home. We cannot be responsible for damaged or lost property. Bring a list of all your regular medications with you on the day of surgery, both prescriptions, nonprescription and herbal supplements.
  • Bring the actual medication with you if you will need to take it right after surgery.
  • You will be asked to sign a form giving your consent for the operation. If the patient is under 18, a parent or legal guardian should accompany the patient and sign the consent form.
  • Bring all insurance cards and your driver's license with you to the center.
  • In general, you should arrive 30 to 45 minutes before your scheduled surgery time. The surgery center nurse will instruct you specifically on the time you should arrive at the center.
  • A nurse will provide you with a patient gown, slippers and a bag in which to store your clothing. These items will remain with you during your stay.
  • The pre-operative nurse will check your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level and ask you to empty your bladder prior to surgery.
  • While you're in surgery, your family will be asked to wait in the front lobby. The surgeon will speak with your family immediately following surgery.

LIVING WILLS / ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
It is our goal to respect and encourage patient self-determination. We encourage patients to communicate their desires in regard to Advance Directives or Living Wills to their significant others.

Because Spine Surgery Center is a surgery center, mainly performing elective surgeries on an outpatient basis, we do not follow Advance Directives. Patients needing life sustaining measures will receive them and then be transferred to a hospital where Advance Directives can be followed.

We respect the patient's decision to have surgery performed at a hospital where Advance Directives can be followed rather than at the surgery center.

If you have questions about this policy please contact Aimee Von Essen, RN or Marta Badalich, RNFA, Co-Directors of Nursing at (541) 228-3666.