How should I prepare for a lumbar laminectomy?

To prepare for a lumbar laminectomy, you will need to complete any ordered presurgical lab work, electrocardiogram (EKG) and x-rays. You must not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery: no gum, mints, sips of water or coffee. You may brush your teeth. If you have been instructed by your doctor to take a medication the morning of surgery, take it with the smallest sips of water possible.

On the day of the surgery, it's important that you arrive on time and check in. You will need a list of your medications with times and dosages. You will then be taken to a presurgical area where:
  • your surgical procedure will be confirmed
  • you will put on a hospital gown
  • you will have an intravenous (IV) line inserted
  • you will have a visit from anesthesiologist

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