How to Get Ready for Back Surgery

WebMD—January 23, 2016

WebMD offers tips for those who need to prepare for back surgery with 6 dos and don'ts that spinal surgeons say you should know before heading into the operating room.

The first tip comes from Frederico P. Girardi, MD, spine surgeon at HSS: DON'T stop moving.

"Back pain can be hard to live with," said Dr. Girardi. "Even so, you should get as much physical activity as you can before surgery."

Dr. Girardi also recommends against taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). "You should stop taking them a week before surgery," said Dr. Girardi. They can thin your blood, which raises your risk of problems during surgery.

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