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Things to know before your visit
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Your consultation and who you'll meet
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What if I need surgery? How do I prepare?
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What to expect after surgery?

Preparing for Spine Surgery

Preparing for spine surgery can be stressful. Finding out you need surgery is overwhelming. We understand that and we’re there to help. Your team at SpineCare of NY will do everything we can to ensure that you are fully prepared to undergo surgery, including pre-operative (pre-op) patient education. We encourage you to attend a pre-op education class, which is taught by registered nurses in collaboration with physical therapists and social work case managers who will provide an overview of what to expect when having surgery. The class is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m. Please let your surgical coordinator know if you would like to sign up. All questions and concerns about your upcoming procedure will be answered prior to your surgery day. We’ve got your back!

There are several elements, in addition to the pre-op classes, involved in preparing for spine surgery−undergoing pre-op testing, submitting consent forms and other medical information, and receiving arrival instructions. Each are outlined below for your convenience, giving you an idea of what to expect and what is expected of you as you prepare for your spine surgery. But don’t worry, you’re not in this alone. Our staff will be happy to walk you through your spine surgery preparations step-by-step.

As you prepare for your spine surgery, be sure to download the additional information provided. If, at any time, you have questions regarding the information provided, do not hesitate to call our office. Your understanding of the pre-op instruction is essential to your spine surgery preparations.

Pre-op testing is required for surgery and will be performed within 30 days of your surgery date. Pre-op testing consists of blood and urine tests, possible chest x-ray and EKG and a pregnancy test for women of childbearing age. To help us effectively manage your pain following surgery, please bring a complete list of all of your medications.
Prior to your surgery, you will meet with one of our team members and will be asked to sign your consent forms for the procedure during this time. Please bring any x-rays and/or CDs that we have not been given previously at this time.
A nurse will contact you after 2 p.m., the business day prior to surgery with instructions. They will inform you of the time to arrive at the hospital and where to go. You may call (212) 606-1630 at any time to hear a pre-recorded message giving pre-op information.

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Read some of our patient testimonials:

We share stories from our past patients to give current and future patients first-hand information about what it’s like to be treated here for spinal conditions.
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Common questions and spine disorders:

We provide answers to common questions regarding insurance, accommodations, common spinal disorders and other support services.
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Learn about new research:

Our research passion means that we are constantly engaged with the latest surgical techniques and innovations, enabling us to assess and provide the best course of action for the best possible outcome.
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