Before your surgery, you will need to do the following:

1) Labwork, history and physical and a medical clearance by your primary care physician. The orders are enclosed.

2) We will need a list of all your medications.

3) Fax all medical clearance results to 703-248-0046. It is the patient’s responsibility to make sure all of the testing has been completed prior to your scheduled surgery and sent to our office. Please see below for expiration times of surgery testings:

  • Medical clearances and labs are good for 1 month
  • Chest X-rays and EKGs are good for 6 months

If any of the above testing was performed and is within the time limit expiration then those tests can be used and do not have to be repeated unless otherwise requested by your Primary Care Physician.

4) Contact the Pre-operative Screening Unit at Virginia Hospital Center – Arlington to schedule a phone interview and your blood typing. Your blood typing may only be done within 72 hours of your procedure and must be done at Virginia Hospital Center. You can make your appointment by calling (703) 558-6159. Orders for your blood typing are enclosed; please make sure that this is given to the pre-op screening department on the day of your appointment.

5) Please bring your MRI/CT/X-rays with you the morning of surgery.  If you do not bring these studies, surgery will be cancelled. (If they were done at Virginia Hospital Center or your surgeon has them, please disregard this message.)

6) No eating or drinking the night before surgery after midnight. Medications in the morning can be taken with only a sip of water.

7) Please stop taking any Plavix 12 days prior to surgery BUT YOU MUST consult with your internist first before this medication is discontinued. Coumadin should be stopped 5 days prior to surgery BUT YOU MUST consult with your internist first before this medication is discontinued. Aspirin, Baby Aspirin, or any Fish Oil supplements, NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) such as Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, Advil, or any herbal supplements should be stopped 7 days prior to surgery. Should you have any questions about any other medications please contact our office.