Spine Center - For Patients 
  For Patients

A surgical diagnosis can cause anxiety. Our team understands this. That's why we're prepared to provide the highest level of care to meet your emotional needs in conjunction with your physical health.

Your comfort is paramount to us. Our commitment to providing a safe, efficient and comfortable experience begins the moment you step through our doors. That’s why we begin our patient education process as soon as surgery is scheduled. At this point, a pre-op nurse will discuss a number of things with you:

  • Post-surgery pain management
  • Length of stay in hospital
  • Estimated time when patients will be up and moving again
  • Initial care for your incision
  • Braces to be worn following surgery

We also offer the following standard tips and recommendations for new patients.

  • A member of our Spine Center staff will provide arrival times, directions and instructions for the day of your procedure.
  • A pre-operative packet of information will be given to all surgery patients when they visit the pre-admission testing nurse. You are encouraged to ask any questions at this time.
  • Patients who require anesthesia will consult with an anesthesiologist prior to their procedure.
  • We ask that you please plan for your discharge needs prior to your surgery.
  • All patients are to remain without food or water pre-operatively unless instructed differently by the anesthesiologist or nurse.
  • All patients who will be administered any kind of sedation or anesthesia will be required to arrange for a responsible adult to drive him or her home after the procedure.
  • All valuables should remain at home.

Lastly, we invite all of our patients to take a tour of the Spine Center prior to their surgery. Just a quick trip through our facility and a conversation or two with members of our caring, compassionate team can bring great peace of mind.

The most important aspect of your recovery following back surgery is to understand and use the principles of neutral spine in your daily activities. Neutral spine precautions are necessary to allow time for your surgical site to heal and for your spine to fuse in proper alignment. The technique will also aid in pain management.

Visualize your back and neck as always being straight with no bending or twisting at any time. Always check with your physician before performing any activity that results in spine movement.

Keep shoulders, hips and knees in line during all positions and activities. Twist your body or turn your shoulders to look behind you.
Sit reclined if you must sit longer than 15 minutes. Sit up straight for more than 10-15 minutes at one time.
Lift with both hands and keep items as close to the body as possible. Lift anything over three pounds, until you are cleared by your physician.
Get out of bed frequently to walk for short periods during the day. Lie in bed all day long once you return home.
Put on and take off your brace while lying on your side. Bend down or to the side while sitting or standing.
Log roll to get out of bed. Arch or bridge your back.
Keep legs in a symmetrical position. Raise knees higher than your hips or cross your legs.