Preparing for Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

Doctor is observing the bone structure

If your doctor has told you that you need cervical disc replacement surgery, you are more than likely wondering what you need to do to prepare for the procedure. Here is some general information to help give you an idea of what to expect.

Talking to Your Doctor About Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

More than likely, you have already gone through a great deal of testing if your doctor believes you need cervical disc replacement surgery. These tests probably included a disco gram, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, CT scan and X-rays. If those tests showed you would benefit from a surgical procedure, then you may be asked not to eat or drink anything in the hours leading up to the surgery. It is very important that you follow these directions exactly. However, if you need any sort of special medication, you may be able to take it with a small amount of water. You should not hesitate to talk to your doctor if you are unsure about your instructions.

It is also vital that you tell your doctor if you are taking Coumadin or any other type of blood thinner. Ibuprofen, aspirin and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can also interfere with clotting, so make sure you disclose all medications you are taking. It may be necessary to stop taking certain medications as far as seven days in advance of your surgery. Stop any type of tobacco use, because that will help reduce the chances of suffering heart or lung complications.

You also need to make sure that your family members, or anyone else who may take care of you, are thoroughly informed as to what to expect once you leave the hospital.

If you have any questions regarding how to prepare for cervical disc replacement surgery, the experts with Advanced Spine & Orthopedics can help. Contact us online or give us a call at 817-310-8783.