Your pre-surgery teaching appointment takes about 1-2 hours. The length of time depends on the type of surgery you are going to have. It also depends on how healthy you are. If you are under 18 years old, or you are not legally competent, your parent or legal guardian needs to be with you. 

On the morning of your visit, take your morning medicines, unless you were told not to by your doctor. Feel free to eat before you come. 

What to Bring to Appointment

  • The surgery folder you received

  • List of your medicines, vitamins and supplements

  • Results from recent exams, blood tests, x-rays, EKGs, and other tests, unless it has been faxed to our clinic

  • List of your questions

Before You Come

______We may ask you to see your primary doctor 1-2 weeks before you see us.

______If you plan to donate blood, you will need to take an iron supplement (325 mg of ferrous sulfate) once a day. You will need to start taking this 30 days before your surgery date. You will get a call to set up a time for blood donation. 

What to Expect During Your Visit 

  • We will discuss the procedure in detail. We will review other options, benefits, and risks. 

  • We will discuss any questions you have. We will ask you to sign a written consent form. 

  • We will explain what to expect after your surgery. We will review how to take care of yourself when you go home.

  • We will talk with you about your list of medicines, vitamins, and supplements. We will let you know if there are any that you take now that you need to stop before surgery.

Medicines to Stop before Surgery

_______week(s) before: 

Stop NSAIDS/anti-inflammatories. 

Includes: aspirin, ibuprofen/Advil® Aleve® /Naproxen, Diclofenac/Voltaren, Celebrex®, Mobic and any others that your doctor tells you about.

_______week(s) before: 

Stop vitamins, herbals, supplements and green tea.

_______week(s) before: 


After Your Visit

You may need to go to the UW Hospital at 600 Highland Avenue in Madison. We will tell you at your pre-op visit if you will need to go. You will need to provide your own ride.


If you have any questions, please call the UW Spine Clinic at (608) 265-3207.

If you are a patient receiving care at UnityPoint – Meriter, Swedish American or a health system outside of UW Health, please use the phone numbers provided in your discharge instructions for any questions or concerns.