BEFORE SCOLIOSIS SURGERY

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before scoliosis surgery. This includes water, coffee, gum, or mints. If you do, it may be necessary to cancel your surgery. After midnight the night before your surgery, do not smoke or use chewing tobacco.

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Southwest Scoliosis Institute’s board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians Richard Hostin, MD,  Shyam Kishan, MDand Kathryn Wiesman, MD, have years of experience treating thousands of patients with complex spine conditions.  We want to make sure we have everything in order for your upcoming surgery, so we devised a listing of possible testing and appointments that may be required. Furthermore, our staff will help you through the pre-surgery process.

Prior to the date of your procedure, doctors will examine you to ensure that spine surgery will not cause a problem to your overall health. Our care staff can help you make arrangements for your testing, which may include:

  • Chest X-ray, EKG, bloodwork (mandatory)
  • Cardiac stress test or pulmonary function test
  • Imaging tests (MRI, CT scan, etc.)
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Medical Clearance Before Scoliosis Surgery

For patients with significant medical issues, we will seek medical clearance prior to being given a surgery date.  In other words, this allows patients to make changes to their medical treatment that may be needed to ensure they are fit to undergo major surgery.  For your information, medical clearance involves an exam by an internal medicine physician and possibly a cardiologist, hematologist, and pulmonologist if necessary.  Also, the doctor may schedule a pain management consult to help patients manage medicine before and after surgery.  Please bring a list of all your medicines to all appointments.

Cardiac Clearance

Cardiac clearance is needed before Scoliosis Surgery for patients who:

  • See a cardiologist
  • Maintain a history of cardiac issues
  • Experience heart disease

Please provide our staff with contact info for your cardiologist so that we can request copies of any exams or tests you took this past year.

Bloodwork

Patients will give Bloodwork and a urine sample prior to surgery.  Further lab work may also take place, based on your medical and surgical history.

Insurance

Insurance pre-approval will be obtained by our office from your insurance company.  It’s possible that you may receive a confirmation letter from them.  Finally, a stay of one or two days in the hospital may be authorized.  If your doctor wants you to say another day in the hospital, a member of our staff will update your status and extend the insurance approval.  Upon moving to a rehab center, we will obtain the required insurance approvals for the move.

 

If you or a loved one suffers from spinal pain, you owe it to yourself to call Southwest Scoliosis Institute at 214-556-0555 to make an appointment.