In order to know what to expect and to prepare for a pleasant experience and a successful procedure, please read the following information.
What to Expect
• A helpful, committed staff offering excellent care
• Individual attention
• Quick recovery
• A complete medical campus that includes diagnostic, imaging, surgical and patient services facilities on site
What To Do
• Please bring any MRI, CT scans or X-ray studies that you may have for your consultation with the surgeon. You will need a new MRI if your studies are older than 6 months or if your condition has changed.
• Fill out all New Patient Forms as completely as possible and bring them with you.
• Bring a copy of your current MRI or X-rays studies.
(They must have been taken within the past six months, otherwise we can perform those studies for you at our Institute.)
• Make a list of questions for the staff so you will become as well-informed as possible.
• You must notify The Bonati Spine Institute of any heart, lung (CPAP), liver or current medical treatment including allergies, prior to arrival.
• Call your Patient Advocate at (855) 267-0482 with a local contact number as soon as possible so we can reach you when you get to the area.
What To Bring
• A companion who can drive you and stay with you on the day of surgery and on that first night. You cannot have surgery unless you have a companion.
If you are unable to bring a companion with you, there are companies that work with many of our patients who are unable to bring a companion. To see the list of these companions Click Here.
• A list of all medications you are currently taking, including dosages and instructions for their use.
• Comfortable clothes such as sweat suits, T-shirts and sneakers. Bring a sweater or sweatshirt as well.
• If you are having a cervical procedure, you may want to bring a top that buttons or zips up front, rather than one that is pulled over your head. Also, you may want to bring slip-on shoes rather than shoes that tie.
If you are planning a surgical procedure at The Bonati Spine Institute, please note that a number of medications should not be taken during the two weeks before your scheduled surgery. These include:
• Anti-inflammatory and arthritis medications
• Drugs that contain aspirin
• Most vitamins and herbal supplements
Your Patient Advocate will send you a complete list of these medications prior to your arrival.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call your Patient Advocate at (855) 267-0482.