After you've finished registration, you'll be taken to the AM Surgery area. Here, a nurse will make sure you're prepared for spine surgery and answer any questions you may have. Family members or friends will wait in the surgery waiting room during your time in the AM Surgery area and the operating room.
In the AM Surgery area, you'll be asked to remove any of the following items:
The nurse might ask you to shower with an antibacterial soap, or he/she may wash the area where the surgery will be performed. You'll also be asked to remove your clothes and change into a hospital gown, cap and foot covers. The nurse will place a needle into a vein in your arm or wrist. This needle is attached to a tube that will supply your body with fluids, medication or blood during and after spine surgery. This is called an intravenous (IV) line. You will remain in the AM Surgery area until the Piedmont Spine Center surgical team is ready for you.
Patient safety is our number one priority. The nurse will ask you:
When the Piedmont Spine Center surgical team is ready, the operating room nurse will take you via a stretcher to the operating room. Here, the nurse will most likely ask you questions for your safety again, such as:
Anesthesia personnel will then attach monitors to your chest, arms and other parts of your body before you're asleep. When you're asleep, a catheter may be placed in your bladder to drain urine and elastic wraps may be placed on your legs to prevent blood clots. The length of time in the operating room will depend on your spine condition and the procedure. Your spine surgeon is the best person to give you an estimated length of surgery.
Source: Piedmont Spine Surgery Patient Education Guide