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Houston: Galleria Area: 4141 Southwest Freeway, Suite 490, Houston, TX 77027
Houston: SE: 12835 I-45 S., Houston, TX 77034
The Woodlands: 25440 I-45 N., Suite 200, Spring, TX 77386
Beaumont: 6025 Metropolitan Dr., Suite 210, Beaumont, TX 77706
Port Arthur: 2501 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Suite 301, Port Arthur, TX 77640

Before Your Surgery

If time allows before surgery, you may be told to do the following to help your surgery go more smoothly:
-Inform your doctor about any medications you are currently taking. Medications that thin your blood such as aspirin will need to be stopped at least ten days before your surgery.
-Tell us if you are allergic to any antibiotics since you will receive a dose immediately before your surgery.
-Don't eat or drink anything after midnight before surgery including water, chewing gum, and mints.
-If your doctor tells you to take medication the morning of surgery, swallow it with only small sips of water. You may be asked to donate blood weeks ahead of time for your surgery.
-If you smoke it is important that you stop now. Ask us for a smoking cessation alternative that will help you with this process. Smoking can be harmful to your cardiopulmonary status, can negatively affect fusion during back and neck surgery, and can make vascular problems in the brain worse.
-Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) thin out blood and can make you bleed more during surgery. They may also keep your bones from fusing. Ask your doctor if and when you should stop taking them.

Your Medical Checkup

See your primary care doctor to make sure you are in good shape for surgery. Tell your doctor what medications you are currently taking including over-the-counter drugs like cold medicine and aspirin. Ask your doctor and surgeon if you should stop taking any medications before surgery.

Getting Your Home Ready

Some suggestions on making life after surgery easier and getting your home ready are:
-Place things where you can get them without reaching or bending.
-Pick up clutter.
-Remove throw rugs.
-Tape down electrical cords to avoid any accidents
-Arrange for someone to help you with household duties and cleaning.

Your doctor may ask you to prepare by doing the following:
-Provide a list of all medicines you take, including aspirin and anti-inflammatories.
-Don't eat six hours or drink four hours before check-in.
-Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after surgery.
-Bring any requested x-ray, CT, or MRI images on the day of the procedure.

Your Family's Role

Support the patient by offering to help with daily tasks such as attending appointments, running errands, and cooking. Be a good listener and be sure to keep all family members involved, including children. The treatments your loved one is having may seem frightening.
You and your loved one will go through stages of feelings. Your ability to share these feelings and listen will help keep your loved one from feeling alone.
The healthcare team will want to prevent and control complications.
The timing of surgery may depend on you or your loved one's condition.

Make sure to keep all follow up visits and check that all medications are taken as directed.
Be patient with mood swings, pain, or fatigue that your loved one may feel.
Talk to the doctor if any sadness does not pass with time. When your loved
one is ready, find ways to help them return to normal daily activities.
Patients may also suffer with memory loss, decreased ability to concentrate
and multitask from brain surgery which should improve over time.

Arriving and Getting Ready

You should arrive at the hospital a few hours before your surgery. If you have not preregistered,
you will have forms to fill out. After you change into a gown, certain tests may be done.
Then, one or more IV lines may be started. These lines provide the fluids and medications you need
during surgery. If we are using monitoring (SSEPs and MEPs) during the surgery, the professionals
performing the monitoring will introduce themselves and answer your questions.

Checking In

You'll be asked to fill out and sign some forms when you check in.
These can include surveys about your pain. Your doctor also may give you a brief physical exam.
Finally, you may receive an IV line to give you fluids and medicine.

Anesthesia

At the start of your surgery, in most cases you will be given general anesthesia.
This medication will make you sleep through the surgery. An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is in charge of the anesthesia. He or she may meet with you before the surgery begins to talk with you and answer any questions.

Referring Physicians

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Office Locations:

Houston: Galleria Area: 4141 Southwest Freeway, Suite 490, Houston TX 77027

Houston: Southeast: 12835 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77034

Beaumont: 6025 Metropolitan Dr., Suite 210, Beaumont, TX 77706

Port Arthur: 2501 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Suite 301, Port Arthur, TX 77640

Mailing Address:
PO box 271463, Houston, TX 77277

Phone: 832-932-9300

409-833-BACK (2225)

Fax: 1-855-790-3974

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