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Pre-op recommendations for hypermobile patients having neurosurgery for a failed spinal fusion


Preoperative recommendations for hypermobile patients undergoing neurosurgery for a failed spinal fusion can vary based on the individual patient's situation, but the following are general guidelines:

  1. Consult with your neurosurgeon: Before undergoing any surgery, it is important to consult with your neurosurgeon to discuss the specifics of your condition and the details of the procedure.

  2. Physiotherapy: A preoperative physiotherapy program can help to prepare the patient for the surgery, as well as help to reduce the risk of complications and improve postoperative recovery.

  3. Pain management: If you are experiencing pain prior to surgery, it is important to discuss pain management options with your neurosurgeon. This may involve taking pain medications, undergoing physical therapy, or undergoing nerve blocks.

  4. Nutrition: Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein can help to improve your overall health and prepare your body for surgery.

  5. Stop smoking: If you smoke, quitting smoking several weeks prior to surgery can help to improve your recovery and reduce the risk of complications.

  6. Avoid certain medications: Certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and blood thinners, may need to be discontinued prior to surgery. Your neurosurgeon will provide specific instructions on which medications to avoid.

  7. Hydration: Staying well-hydrated prior to surgery can help to reduce the risk of complications and improve recovery.

  8. Get plenty of rest: Getting plenty of rest and reducing stress in the days leading up to surgery can help to prepare the body and improve recovery.

It's important to follow your neurosurgeon's instructions and keep them informed of any changes in your health leading up to the surgery.


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