A few days before surgery, you may receive a couple calls from our facility:
- Someone from the MSC healthcare team will contact you to conduct a brief, routine health assessment and provide basic instructions for surgery. This is the time to ask any lingering questions you might have about your procedure.
- The MSC business office will contact you to address financial matters regarding your procedure—insurance coverage, co-payments and deductibles.
- An anesthesiologist from our facility may also contact you prior to surgery.
- Pre-operative tests are determined and ordered by your physician and/or an anesthesiologist.
- Should you require such testing, you will be contacted before the date of surgery.
- Be sure to have your doctor’s office send all necessary paperwork regarding pre-operative tests, blood work, and insurance to Microsurgical Spine Center.
- Please avoid all food and beverages—even water—from midnight on before your surgery. Otherwise, your procedure may need to be postponed.
- More specific directions may be given during a pre-operative phone call.
- Your doctor or a nurse will give you specific directions regarding your medications during a pre-operative phone call.
- Do not forget to mention any use of blood thinners (i.e. Plavix, Asprin, etc.) during pre-operative consultations.
Please bring the following items to the MSC on the day of your surgery:
- Photo ID and insurance cards; upon checking in the day of surgery, facility staff will need to verify these and then make multiple copies for our files.
- A list of all drugs and supplements you are currently taking.
- Any and all medications needed during your stay.
- Payment for your procedure (e.g. deductible or co-payment).
- Eyeglass and contact lens cases; you won’t be able to wear them during surgery.
- DO NOT bring along valuables like rings, watches, etc.
Microsurgical Spine Center
1519 3rd St. SE, Suite 102
Puyallup, WA 98372
Yes, showering will help prevent surgical site infections. When showering be sure to shower both the night before and the morning of your procedure.
- Wash your hair with shampoo first.
- Using a clean washcloth for both showers, wash your body with a liquid antibacterial soap.
- Avoid shaving near the surgical site unless instructed to do so by your physician or a nurse.
- Once you have rinsed thoroughly, use a clean towel after each shower.
- Do not use lotions, powders, or perfumes after showering.
Washing Hands: The day of the surgery, do not hesitate to ask friends, loved ones—even those caring for you at the facility—if they have washed their hands prior to entering your room. You should all take care to wash your hands throughout this process.
Post-Op Shower Instructions: Once home, take care to follow the specific instructions for post-operative cleaning of your surgical site, e.g. changing bandages, taking your medications, etc.
Day of Surgery
When you enter the facility, you will be greeted at check-in. Admission and verification will go rather quickly, because most of your information will have been sent to us before your surgery date.However, please remember to bring:
- All important insurance cards.
- Photo IDs.
- Payment for your deductible or co-pay.
- A list of your current medications and supplements.
After checking in, a nurse will take you through a pre-operative assessment that includes:
- Meeting with an anesthesiologist
- Taking your vital signs
- Starting an IV (if necessary)
Family and friends will not be permitted to join you in this room, but our staff will continue to give them updates on your behalf.
- There are no greater goals for Microsurgical Spine Center than to keep you safe and get you the care you need. We follow rigorous national guidelines and protocols (National Patient Safety Goals) with regard to both.
- Prior to surgery, you will most likely meet with your doctor to confirm your procedure and its correct surgical site.
- What is your part in this? You may be asked to confirm many times what procedure you will be receiving and where the surgical site is located. Do not hesitate to voice any concerns, and ask questions during this pre-operative consult.
- To further confirm and secure the correct procedure and location, your doctor may even mark the site on your body before surgery.
- Your physician will give you written directions for your recovery at home. Be sure to have your friend or loved ones read and listen to these directions and take any notes if necessary.
- As you will be recovering from anesthesia, do not plan to sign any legal documents during the first 24 hours after your procedure.
- Remember to avoid driving for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Plan to have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.
Your physician will discuss warning signs with you prior to discharge. If you exhibit any of these symptoms or serious pain, you should:
- Contact your doctor immediately
- Head straight to the nearest emergency room, or
- Call 911.