What to Do Before Surgery

Please call to schedule a pre-surgery screening interview conducted by a nurse by calling 424-315-2525. An appointment for an interview can be arranged between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Three Weeks Before Surgery

Discontinue diet medicines, all plant extracts and vitamins, (including Gingko Baloba, and vitamin E). Please discuss this with your surgeon.

10 Days Before Surgery

Discontinue arthritis medication (e.g. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen). Aspirin, aspirin-containing medications and antiplatelet drugs should be discussed with your physician since many of these drugs are given for cardiac reasons and should not be stopped without having a discussion with your doctor.

The Night Before Surgery

Please DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight. Including water, gum, candy, and cigarettes. Brush your teeth and spit out the water. Make sure you have a bowel movement this day. Use a suppository or laxative if necessary.

The Morning of Surgery

Take only those oral medications directed by your physician. Take them with the smallest amount of water needed to swallow the medication - only a sip.

What to Bring to the Hospital

When you come to the hospital, bring a list of medications you are taking, the amount you take, and how frequently you take them. This is important for your physician and hospital staff to know. Please do not bring the medications with you. You should bring glasses, hearing aids, dentures, toiletries (such as shampoo and toothbrush), robe, slippers, insurance information, emergency telephone number, and a copy of your advance directives. Since we cannot assume liability for items such as jewelry, credit cards, wallets, watches, or more than $2 in cash, we urge you to leave all valuables at home. If you need to bring cash, checks or a credit card to make a deposit or co-payment, please have a family member take them home after you are admitted. If you have any valuables with you, you will be asked to deposit them in our vault. Please be sure to claim your valuables when you leave the hospital.

Blood Donation

Donor designated blood is blood you have pre-donated. It's your own blood and may be transfused if the doctor feels you need it. Directed donor blood is donated by friends and family specifically for your surgery. Cedars-Sinai Blood Bank should be contacted at 424-315-2525 as soon as your surgery is scheduled, so that arrangements for blood donation can be made.

Questions Regarding Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to call (310) 423-9900 to speak with any member of the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center, or contact your physician directly.