What to expect during your hospital stay

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  • Cervical Surgery

    DAY OF SURGERY:

    • Admit to ambulatory services.
    • Meet anesthesiologist prior to surgery. Dr. Kissel will contact your family via cell phone or main lobby when the surgery is complete.
    • Post anesthesia recovery room 1-2 hours (no visitors).
    • Family visitation once patient has been moved to hospital room.

    DAY 2 (Postoperative):

    • Antibiotics for a total of 24 hours
    • Pain medications may be either injections or pills.
    • Begin ambulation with assistance of nursing staff. Most likely on the day of surgery.
    • Diet: most people resume normal diet within a few hours.
    • C-spine X-ray and physical therapist for home instructions.
    • Discharge home after most surgeries.

    Please contact the office with any questions: (805) 544-4455.

  • Lumbar Surgery

    SURGERY DAY:

    • Admit to Ambulatory Services.
    • Meet the Anesthesiologist prior to surgery.
    • Dr. Kissel will contact your family via cell or main lobby when your surgery is complete.
    • Post anesthesia recovery room 1-2 hours (no visitors).
    • Family visitation once patient has been moved to hospital room.

    DAY 2 (POSTOPERATIVE):

    • Antibiotics for a total of 24 hours.
    • Pain medications may be either injections or pills.
    • Begin ambulation with assistance of nursing staff. Most likely on the day of surgery.
    • Diet: most people resume diet within a few hours.
    • Physical therapist for home instructions.
    • Discharge home after most surgeries.

    Please contact the office with any questions: (805) 544-4455.

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