What To Expect Before Spine Surgery

Since many of our patients have never undergone spine surgery, we try to always communicate what to expect before spine surgery. Keep reading to discover what happens before your spine surgery at Nebraska Spine Hospital.

Please note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following information may not be up-to-date. Please call us at (402) 572-3000 for the most updated information.

Preoperative Visit

The purpose of the preoperative visit is to further prepare you for surgery, allow you to meet with your medical team, and have any questions you may have answered. You will meet with several people when you come in for your preoperative visit, including the nurse navigator, preoperative nurses, and anesthesiologist.

The preoperative nurses will double-check your health history and current medications. This visit doubles as a mini assessment before spine surgery.

When the anesthesiologist comes in, you’ll be able to ask any questions you have about being put to sleep or any concerns you have about the surgery.

Surgery Day

On the day of your surgery, you will start at the admissions desk. There you will go through the basic admitting process. They’ll ensure that your name, address, and any other personal information is all correct. That’s also where you will submit your insurance card and photo ID. Once you’re all registered, they will call your name and escort you back to the preoperative area.

Initially, you will be taken back to the preoperative area alone, but your loved ones will be invited back once you’re all settled in. Your loved ones are welcome to sit with you until you are taken back for surgery.

In the preoperative room, your preoperative nurse will go over your health history and medication one last time. We know that it can get tedious repeating the same information multiple times, but we do so to make sure all of the information we have is correct.

Once your nurse is finished asking questions, the anesthesiologist and surgeon will pop in to answer any questions you may have about being put to sleep or the surgical procedure.

Aside from being visited by various members of our staff, you will also change into your hospital gown, be put on your IV, and given any medications necessary prior to being taken back for your surgery.

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We hope this post helps to enlighten you on what to expect before spine surgery. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming surgery.

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