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Spine Procedure > Preparation

*** PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS OR YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL BE CANCELLED. ***

Spine Procedure Patients

TRANSPORTATION:

  • YOU MUST HAVE A DRIVER.

MRI/CT SCAN:

  • IF YOU DID NOT HAVE AN MRI OR CT SCAN AT OAK TREE MEDICAL CENTER, YOU MUST BRING FILM/CD AND REPORTS TO YOUR APPOINTMENT. They will be returned to you after your procedure.

FOOD/BEVERAGES/MEDICATIONS:

  • DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING FOUR (4) HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.

  • STOP TAKING PLAVIX, COUMADIN OR WARFARIN, AND PLATELET INHIBITORS LIKE PLETAL, TICLID, AND REOPRO, FOR FIVE (5) DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT, (If you are taking Coumadin or Warfarin, a Pro-time lab test is required the day before your appointment and the results faxed to our office. FAX: (626) 577-2995 before 3:30pm).

  • STOP TAKING ASPIRIN (ANACIN, BUFFERIN, ECOTRIN, EXCEDRINE) FOR THREE (3) DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT or any medication containing aspirin including topical lotions like Aspercreme and patches like icyhot and salonpas.

  • STOP TAKING NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATIONS (NSAIDS) FOR TWENTY-FOUR (24) HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT. Examples of anti-inflammatory medications are: ADVIL, ALEVE (Naproxen) BEXTRA, CELEBREX, FELDENE (Piroxicam), MOBIC, MOTRIN (Ibuprofen), RELAFEN, VIOXX, VOLTAREN (Diclofenac), Flector patch.

  • Please inform us if you are taking antibiotics for ANY reason. Your appointment should be scheduled one week after your course is completed and no longer needed.

  • Please take all other prescribed medications not listed above with a sip of water.

  • PLEASE BRING A LIST OF YOUR CURRENT MEDICATIONS.

  • AS A COURTESY TO OUR PATIENTS WHO ARE WAITING FOR A SPINE PROCEDURE, WE REQUIRE 24 HOURS NOTICE OF CANCELLATION. A CANCELLATION FEE OF $50.00 WILL BE CHARGED IF WE ARE NOT GIVEN 24 HOUR NOTICE.

Myelogram Patients

In addition to following the directions below, please also adhere to the following directions.

  • DRINK PLENTY OF LIQUIDS FOR TWENTY-FOUR (24) HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT. THEN, DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING FOUR (4) HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.

  • WE STRONGLY ADVISE THAT YOU LAY FLAT FOR 24 HOURS AFTER THE MYELOGRAM TO PREVENT SPINAL HEADACHES.


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