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Prepare for a Procedure

If you or your child have been scheduled for surgery, this information will help you prepare for the experience with our pediatric neurosurgery team.

Advanced Preparation for Surgery

  • It is important that you see your physician within 30 days of your procedure date.
  • You will also need to have a pre-operative physical examination with either a member of our anesthesia staff or your primary care physician within at least seven days of the procedure. The physician scheduled to perform this examination will be informed of the required blood work or radiology studies that your surgeon needs by our office.

Pre-Operative Instructions

It is important that you do not take aspirin or any product that contains aspirin during the two weeks before your surgery. Also, do not take anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins or herbs. All of these can affect bleeding and clotting. Examples of these medications include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Pain Relievers: Advil, Aleve, Aspirin, Celebrex, Ecotrin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naproxen, Relafen, Soma Compound, Vioxx
  2. Blood thinners: Aggrenox, Arixtra, Coumadin, Fragmin, Garan, Heparin, Innohep, Lovenox, Plavix, Ticlid
  3. Vitamins and herbs: Vitamin E, garlic, ginkgo biloba, green tea, fish oil, St. John’s Wort
  4. All chemotherapy

It is important that you inform your doctor or nurse about all prescription and over the counter medications you are currently taking. It is also important that if any of these medications have been recommended by your primary care physician that you alert them to the fact that you are going to stop taking them.

  • Please do not drink or eat anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • You will receive instructions about what medications you may take the day of surgery. With any approved medication, we ask that you take it with only a small sip of water.
  • You should plan to report to the seventh floor of the Osler building at your pre-designated time. This is usually about two hours before the expected start of your surgery. This allows our team to run any necessary tests and put in your IV so that we can make the anesthesia experience a safe one.
  • Please bring your medications with you. This is helpful in the event that the hospital does not supply one of your specific meds.
  • Bring a copy of the pre-signed surgical consent form with you, if available.
  • We advise that you do not bring valuables. If you must, you should plan to give them to a family member before surgery or to lock them in a secure place in the admitting office.
  • One or two accompanying people can sit with a patient in the pre-operative area before they go into the operating room. We are very careful about the number of people because it is a small area. Any additional people will need to wait elsewhere in the hospital.
  • The waiting family members will receive periodic updates throughout the procedure to keep them informed of the progress.
  • Please note that children under 12 are not permitted in the waiting area or in the pediatric inpatient service (where the patient will likely recover). This is for their safety as well as the safety of the other children. Kids under 12 can carry and catch communicative diseases easier than adults.
  • In recovery, visitation is restricted to one or two people at very specific times to be determined by the needs of the patient.

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