How to prepare for the artificial disc replacement surgery?

Your doctor will tell you what preoperative instructions are necessary before the surgery so that you are fully prepared when you come to the hospital and after you are released.

A preliminary discussion with your neurosurgeon will determine what other conditions you might be suffering from, the medication you use, and the allergies you have.

Undergoing an artificial disc replacement procedure requires significant preoperative preparation, mainly determining if this is the suitable method for you.

Your doctor will thoroughly analyze your:

  • medical history
  • physical condition
  • diagnostic studies

Once you obtain clearance for surgery, you will be instructed on what to expect during your hospital stay and after being discharged and what you need to comply with for the best surgical outcome.

Getting ready for artificial disk replacement surgery

You should inform your doctor of any medication you might be taking which interferes with your blood consistency. You will usually stop taking them a week before the procedure.

Artificial disk replacement surgery preparation requires some preventive measures, such as:

  • avoiding smoking: tobacco affects blood circulation and increases the risk of complications
  • not eating or drinking anything several hours before the intervention. You might be required to take regular medications, and you will be informed if you can drink a small sip of water to go with them
  • bringing with you to the surgery any relevant imaging (X-ray, CT, MRI)
  • arriving one hour before your scheduled procedure

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