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The Surgical Process

Before Your Surgery

Your procedure is booked and you're ready to embark on a pain-free lifestyle. What happens next?

Planning for your surgery

Thanks for giving Deuk Spine Institute the opportunity to treat your pain with a proven surgical procedure.

  • Choose a friend or loved one as your designated driver/caregiver to accompany you to your surgery. Feel free to leave his or her cell phone number with one of our Deuk Spine Institute team members. We'll share any relevant updates with your designated caregiver.
  • Follow the medication guidelines given to you by your care team at Deuk Spine Institute.
  • Avoid eating or drinking after midnight on the night before your procedure. Water and gum count as eating and drinking.
  •  Do not smoke cigarettes or use tobacco products for 6 weeks before your surgery.

We'll keep you busy, but it never hurts to bring along a few comforts from home. Pack a tote with a favorite book or eReader, and a soft sweater or sweatshirt.

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Post-Surgery Guide

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  • Do use an ice pack/hot pack on your back as needed. You can do 20 minutes ice, 20 minutes heat and 20 minutes off.
  • Do call the office if you notice and redness, drainage, swelling at the incision site, severe back pain or a fever over 101.5.
  • Do call 911 if you require immediate medical attention and are unable to reach your physician.

DO NOT

  • Do not lift anything over 20 pounds after surgery, play any contact sports or activities that cause excessive loading or rotation to your spine (i.e.: tennis, bowling, golfing, lifting weights, etc.) until released by your surgeon.
  • Do not overdose on pain medication. Please take the medication as written on the directions on the label. You have been provided with prescriptions for pain medication and muscle relaxers only to be taken for symptoms such as moderate to severe neck pain or muscle spasm. Please follow the instructions by your surgeon regarding the use of these. All medication given will not completely relieve your pain but is designed to make it more tolerable.
  • If you are fitted with a cervical collar the day of surgery to wear for 6 weeks post operation, do not wear while in the shower or eating.
  • Do not soak the incision for 24 hours after surgery. Your incision is covered with steri strips which will curl and fall off in a week or so. You can get the incision wet in the shower.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery the day of your surgery. A caregiver will need to be with you 24 hours.

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  • Do resume your previous diet if tolerated. You will have a sore throat for several days, this is normal. You may feel better eating soft foods such as ice cream, puddings, soups, etc for the first few days after surgery.
  • Do walk briskly at least 20 minutes twice daily.
  • Do work on your neck exercises for range of motion. Try 10 repetitions of flexion, extension, and left and right lateral rotation twice daily. The walking and neck exercises are designed to decrease the likelihood of muscle spasms in your neck.
  • Do remove the dressing covering your incision on the second day after your surgery. You will notice that under the dressing are Steri Strips. They will fall off in approximately 10 days.
  • Do shower after you remove the dressing.
  • Do resume your previous medications (except NSAIDS for six weeks)
  • Do call our office if you:
    • Develop a temperature greater than 101.5
    • Notice any redness, tenderness, swelling or drainage from your incision
    • Develop any sudden onset of severe neck pain, numbness, weakness in your extremities, experience incontinence or any progressive difficulty swallowing or breathing

DO NOT

  • Do not lift more than 20 pounds for six weeks. You may return to work in one week on a “light duty” status.
  • Do not soak the incision under the shower or in the tub for one week.
  • Do not take anticoagulants until three (3) days after your surgery.

Deuk Spinal Fusion - Lumbar

DO

  • Do resume your previous diet if tolerated. You will have a sore throat for several days, this is normal. You may feel better eating soft foods such as ice cream, puddings, soups, etc for the first few days after surgery.
  • Do walk briskly at least 20 minutes twice daily.
  • Do cover the incision when you shower with a strip of the 2″ wide tape that we have provided. Remove the tape after the shower. You may leave the incision open to air.
  • Do shower after you remove the dressing.
  • Do resume your previous medications (except NSAIDS for six weeks)
  • Do call our office if you:
    • Develop a temperature greater than 101.5
    • Notice any redness, tenderness, swelling or drainage from your incision
    • Develop any sudden onset of severe neck pain, numbness, weakness in your extremities, experience incontinence or any progressive difficulty swallowing or breathing

DO NOT

  • Do not bend over, stoop or squat. This puts excess stress on the incision and the hardware in your back. Do not lift more than 20 pounds for six weeks. You may return to work in one week on a “light duty” status.
  • Do not soak the incision under the shower or in the tub for one week.
  • Do not take anticoagulants until three (3) days after your surgery.

The Outpatient Experience

At Deuk Spine Institute, our revolutionary procedures take place in a state of the art outpatient facility. The Surgery Center of Viera is AHCA licensed, AAAHCA accredited and Medicare certified. Those accreditations may not mean anything to you, so here’s the bottom line:

We maintain a zero percent infection rate

Our patients enjoy unprecedented care, with as many as four nurses attending to each patient. For those accustomed to treatment in a hospital setting, our outpatient surgery center offers tremendous relief.

Because Deuk Spine Institute isn’t at the mercy of hospital administrators, we have the freedom to invest in the latest technology, the very best treatment techniques, and the very best surgeons and physicians. Our patients feel the difference, from the moment they’re greeted to the moment they walk out of the facility on the same day of surgery.

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Premium Patient Care

Ever been hospitalized?

If so, you know the drill. Long, sleepless nights. Changing shifts. Noisy roommates. Constant worry over the threat of infection.

Spinal surgery doesn’t have to be that way

At Deuk Spine Institute, our surgical procedures are performed in a state of the art outpatient surgery center. We set our own standards for premium patient care.

  • Each patient has a private nurse who has no other patients.
  • A team of 3-4 nurses assists with every patient’s procedure and recovery.
  • Doctors control the level of care, not hospital administrators.
  • Our surgeons use premium medications most hospitals won’t buy -- resulting in better pain management without the use of narcotics.
  • Patients remain comfortable during and after procedures.
  • We invest in the best equipment and tools available.

Everyone deserves relief from chronic pain. At Deuk Spine Institute, we take that a step further. We believe that relief should come without compromise or sacrifice. Our goal is to send you home pain free, worry free and dancing with relief.

Cure your back and neck pain once and for all.

Deuk Laser Disc Repair has patients back on their feet within an hour, feeling zero pain
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About Deuk Spine Institute
World leader in Laser Spine Surgery
With world-class physicians on staff, the newest and most advanced technology, and a patient experience pathway that is unrivaled in it’s efficiency and and pedagogy of care, Deuk Spine Institute has performed thousands of procedures and achieves a 95% success rate in elimination of pain.

 The services we offer are not offered anywhere else in the world, and the treatments are curative, not palliative.  On top of that, Dr. Deukmedjian is personally invested in the well-being of each and every patient, and has spared no expense to guarantee the best possible outcomes.
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