Spine Surgery - Your Stay
SET A REALISTIC PAIN GOAL with your caregiver.
- Pain medications may be directly injected into the tissue.
- Medications commonly used: IV Morphine, IV Dilaudid, Oxycodone, Percocet,
- Transition from IV pain medication to oral pain medication POD 1.
- Side effects of pain medications include: drowsiness, constipation, nausea,
and decrease in blood pressure.
All of these medicines can increase your risk for a
Call FOR ASSISTANCE
- Your surgeon may choose to put you on a PCA (patient controlled analgesic)
pump after surgery.
- You will have a button to press that will give you a small amount of pain
medication (Morphine or Dilaudid) through the IV.
- ONLY THE PATIENT CAN PRESS THE BUTTON.
- This Medication can increase your risk for a fall - CALL for assistance
- Designed to support the neck and promote comfort post operatively.
- Keep on at all times unless otherwise advised by surgeon.
- Change dressing pads as needed.
- You may have a surgical drain after surgery.
- This collects blood and other fluids from the surgical site.
- The output will be monitored at least every 8 hours.
- It will be removed 1 day after surgery
- If you do not have a drain you may notice increased drainage on your surgical dressing
Orthopaedic Nursing Unit
- Todd 6 East is certified by the Joint Commission for hip and knee replacement
surgery. It is a medical/surgical/orthopaedic unit led by our specialty
trained nursing staff.
- Hand sanitizers are available outside and inside each room. All people
entering and exiting your room should be using these dispensers. Feel
free to speak up if you do not see this occur.
- We ask that any visitors who have colds refrain from visiting for the concern
of you and other patients on the unit.
Visiting hours are 11 a.m. until 830 p.m. Group physical therapy begins
around 2 p.m. - this is a great time for your support person to visit
and motivate you.
A medical doctor may be assigned to manage your care. Some PMD’s
assign one of our hospital doctors to manage your medical care after surgery.
These are called hospitalists.
Precautions After Surgery
“No BLT’s” The clot can travel to the lungs and cause
shortness of breath and increased heart rate.