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Preparing for Surgery
MEDICATIONS TO DISCONTINUE BEFORE SURGERY
Preparations for your Hospital Stay
Useful Addresses

IMPORTANT: Click here to download the Pre-Surgery Instructions Packet!

Please confirm the time of your surgery. Two days before surgery call your surgeon’s office manager. If your surgery is on a Monday, you need to confirm on Friday.

 

Spine Surgeons Manager Contact Number
Dr. Vadim Lerman (212) 844-8680
Dr. Chan Roonprapunt Karen Latouche (212) 523-6720

Preparing for Surgery

Pre-operative testing (i.e. blood work, chest x-rays, EKGs, stress tests, and pulmonary function studies) will be required prior to surgery. All testing must be completed 2 – 4 weeks prior to surgery.

 

Antibacterial Soap – To minimize the incidence of infection, an antibacterial soap called Hibiclens will be provided for use at the 2 showers prior to surgery. This is usually the night before and the morning of the surgery. Cleanse your entire body, paying special attention to the area where your surgery is going to be performed. In the surgical area, use a wash cloth, cleansing for 5 minutes.

 

Your level of fitness and nutrition prior to surgery should be maintained to the best of your ability. Continue with any fitness activities that do not cause pain. Maintain a healthy balanced diet.

 

If you smoke cigarettes, it is strongly advised that you decrease the amount you smoke or stop smoking completely. Research indicates that smoking adversely affects bone healing and will thus delay or impede your full recovery following surgery. Inhalation of smoke irritates the breathing passages and may lead to respiratory problems during and after surgery.

 

Any errands (i.e. house cleaning and grocery shopping) should be completed prior to surgery. The fewer concerns you have upon discharge, the easier your transition home will be.


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MEDICATIONS TO DISCONTINUE BEFORE SURGERY

Please do not take any of the following medications for at least seven (7) days prior to surgery. If you have spinal fusion surgery, you will NOT be able to take NSAIDS or medications containing aspirin for about 3 months (until your doctor tells you that your fusion appears solid). This list of medications to discontinue is not complete. Other medications may contain these products as well. Please check with your physician if you are taking other medications.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s)
Advil
Celebrex
Ketoprofen
Aleve
Mobic
Daypro
Lodine
Toradol
Anaprox
Diclofenac
Mobic
Relafen
Ansaid
Feldene
Motrin
Vicoprofen
Arthrotec
Ibuprofen
Naprosyn
Voltaren
Bextra
Indocin
Naproxen


Medications Containing Aspirin
Alka-Seltzer
Bufferin
Fiorinal
Anacin
Darvon Compound
Pepto-Bismol

Asprin
Ecotrin
Percodan

Bayer Arthritis
Excedrin


 

Estrogen Products

All oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy

 

 

Anticoagulants and Antithrombotics
Aggrenox
Halfprin
Persantine
Coumadin
Herapin
Plavix

Ecotrin
Lovenox
Ticlid

Fragmin
Orgaran



MAO Inhibitors
Nardil (Phenelzine) 
Parnate (Tranylcypromine)

 

Herbal Medications and Supplements
Vitamin E (14 days before) 
Garlic 
Lovaz
St. John's Wort
Valerian
Multivitamins
(containing Vit.E) 
Ginkgo Biloba 
Ginseng

Ma Huang 
Echinacea
Saw Pilmetto 
Kava
Fish Oil    



 

MEDICATIONS THAT MAY BE TAKEN PRIOR TO SURGERY

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Duragesic
Roxanol

Darvocet
Fioricet
MSIR
Tylenol + Codein
Darvon
Lorcet
Oxycontin, oxycodone
Vicodin (Hydrocodone)  
Dilaudidt
Lortab
Percocet 



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Preparations for your Hospital Stay

  • Have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to your surgery. Daily medications should be taken with a small sip of water.
  • Eat lightly the day before surgery.
  • If you have young children or a family member for whom you are the primary care-giver, arrange for alternative care for them after your surgery. This will allow for a restful recuperation period.
  • If you are having extensive surgery, or if you are already having difficulty, it may be helpful to rent or purchase an elevated toilet seat and a shower chair. During the rehabilitation process, the occupational therapist will help you determine if you need any other adaptive devices or medical equipment before discharge from the hospital.

Suggested items to bring to the hospital:

 

  • Two comfortable loose fitting outfits (i.e. jogging suit, nightshirts, bathrobe etc.).Comfortable shoes and socks and slippers.
  • Comb/brush, and any other personal grooming items that you normally use daily.
  • Personal stereo (Walkman) with relaxation tapes, favorite music, books on tape, books and magazines.
  • Please leave valuables at home.

 

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Useful Addresses

 

Beth Israel Medical Center
1st Avenue and 16th Street
212-420-2000

Admission Office (Morning of Surgery)
Beth Israel Medical Center
1st Avenue and 16th Street | 1st Floor
212 844-4749    

Diagnostic Radiology
MRI | CT Scan | Bone Density
Philips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC)
212 844-8880
To Schedule an Appt: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Blood Donor Center
317 East 17th Street
Fierman Hall | 3rd Floor
212 420-2826
By Appointment Only: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


 

 

 

 

 


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