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How should I prepare for lumber spinal fusion surgery?

Lumbar spinal fusion surgery is a surgery to join two or more spinal bones -- vertebrae -- so that they eventually grow into one solid bone. Before surgery:
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the surgery.
  • Take your regular medications (as directed by your surgeon) as normal, with a few sips of water.
  • You will be admitted to the hospital on the day of the surgery.
  • Bring a list of all your current medications with you to the hospital. This includes over-the-counter medications and vitamins.
  • You may need to fill out some paperwork, including a consent form for the surgery.

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