Preparing For Your Surgery

Before surgery

  • At the time your surgery is scheduled, you will have the opportunity to sit down with one of our nurses or nurse practitioners to discuss your process before and after surgery. You may ask any questions regarding your care at this time.
  • A week (7 days) prior to your surgery, you will need to stop all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc. If you have questions or concerns regarding your medication, please call your physician’s nurse.
  • The day before your surgery, you will be contacted by your physician’s nurse confirming your surgery time.
  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) after midnight the night before your surgery. You must arrive at the hospital with an empty stomach.

At The Spine Hospital at The Neurological Institute of New York, we understand that hospitals can be overwhelming. The Patient and Visitor Guides were developed to provide information that you will need for preparing for your stay or during your hospitalization at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center or at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. It includes descriptions of Hospital services, as well as tips on what to bring to the hospital, what to expect, directions, and parking and much more.

For more information, please visit NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Patient & Visitor’s page.

After surgery

  • Depending on the type of operation you are having, you may be asked to stay in the hospital for a period of time.
  • Your family and friends may visit the patient during regular visiting hours. Visit NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Patient’s Visiting Hours.
  • For more information on the anticipated length of stay after your operation, please discuss with your Spine Hospital surgeon or nurse.
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