PREPARING FOR SURGERY – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you and Dr. Wharton have determined that your spinal problem might be helped by surgery, then there are several things you can do to make sure you are prepared for the procedure.
Stop smoking! The use of tobacco and nicotine-containing products will adversely affect the outcome of your surgery. Smoking inhibits healing and can contribute to increased muscle spasm and pain. It deprives your blood of oxygen which is necessary for wound healing and inhibits the production of endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s natural pain-killing substances. Smoking can also increase the risk of post-operative wound infections and non-union of spinal fusion.
You will be admitted to the hospital on the day of your surgery. Pre-operative testing may be done the day before or the morning of your procedure. You will meet with the anesthesiologist who will discuss with you the type of anesthesia you will need.
You will be able to walk after your surgery but you may need assistance at home for a few days to prepare meals and help with bathing. A regular walking program is recommended as soon as you are discharged from the hospital.
Dr. Wharton wants you to walk for 30-45 minutes twice a day after surgery.
Please let our office know immediately if you become ill prior to your surgery.
We are here to answer your questions and concerns about your procedure. Call us anytime during office hours.