Once you've decided to have spine surgery, there are a number of preparations to make. Remember: you don't have to do everything alone! We're here to help you as much as possible.
Please register with Piedmont Hospital for your surgery at least three days before your surgery, but no sooner than 30 days before your surgery. You may find more information regarding registration in the Piedmont Hospital Inpatient Surgery Information Guide.
Any patient and/or family member scheduled for spine surgery at Piedmont Hospital. This class will help patients undergoing spine surgery to better understand what to expect in the hospital and at home. The class will consist of:
To attend a spine class, click here.
In most cases, your surgeon will also require you to obtain medical clearance prior to your surgery. This can be done in the Admissions Testing Area. Please see the Inpatient Surgery Information packet for instructions.
If you have health insurance, both the hospital and the surgeon's office will need to contact your insurance company before surgery to verify your coverage. However, we strongly recommend that you also contact your insurance company to verify your benefits. The following is a list of questions to ask your insurance provider before your surgery:
After your surgery, you can expect to be off work the first two to six weeks after you have been discharged from the hospital. Your surgeon will discuss this with you, both before surgery and after you leave the hospital. If your employer or school requires any information regarding your absence, please ask your surgeon for the necessary paperwork.
Please review your current medications with the surgeon prior to your surgery. Your surgeon will tell you which medications to continue and which medications to discontinue before your surgery. Your surgeon will also tell you when you may resume them after your surgery.
Smoking is detrimental to your health, especially during and after spine surgery. Smokers are at greater risk for lung and heart complications during surgery. After surgery, smokers have a higher likelihood of incomplete or delayed healing of spinal fusions. It is important to tell your surgeon if you are a smoker. It is even more important to quit altogether. Don't wait until the day of surgery to start planning how to quit smoking.
All hospitals are legally required to make available information on advanced directives, to every patient. If you already have advanced directives, please bring a copy to the hospital. For more information regarding advanced directives please contact (404) 605-3692.
Source: Piedmont Spine Surgery Patient Education Guide