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How should I prepare for spine surgery?

Undergoing spine surgery is a big step. Although most spine problems improve without surgery, some people do require surgery to prevent a progressive problem or to get rid of persistent pain in their neck, arms or legs, which affects their ability to work and to lead a normal life.

Before surgery, you need to be in the best physical and mental health possible. It is highly important to develop a preparation program before your back surgery and to plan ahead to help ease the transition following your procedure. Follow these guidelines to ensure you are ready for your spine surgery:

  • walk as much as possible
  • follow a personalized stretching, strengthening and general aerobic conditioning program
  • avoid blood thinners, aspirin, anti-inflammatory, herbal drugs, and diabetic medications
  • provide your surgeon with an accurate list of all medications you currently take
  • do not take aspirin products for at least 7 days before your surgery
  • do not take ibuprofen or naproxen for at least 5 days before your surgery
  • if you are a smoker, you are required to stop before scheduling your surgery
  • do not use smoking cessation methods such as The Patch or Nicorette gum
  • avoid crash diets
  • if you are overweight, you need to follow a weight reduction program

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/