Surgical Procedures

When conservative measures fail, or when there is a danger of nerve or Spinal cord damage, surgery is the next option. On this page you will see the surgeries that we perform. Though most of our procedures are “outpatient” not every patient is the same. Some people have other diagnosis that will slow down recovery from either the surgery itself or anesthesia. These people will possibly be admitted to the hospital for their own safety and comfort.

Outpatient Spine Surgery

What to Expect

A member of the ShimSpine clinical team will arrange your surgical procedure.
  • Prior to Surgery:
  • Surgery Day:
  • After Surgery:
Prior to Surgery:
  • Based on your medical history, you may need to see you primary care physician (internist) prior to surgery for a medical evaluation. This will be discussed with you at the time surgery is scheduled.
  • An appointment for a history and physical will be scheduled for you with Dr. Shim within 10 days of surgery. This visit will take up to 30 minutes and will allow you to get any lingering questions answered. We encourage you to bring your spouse, family, or friends to this visit. You should bring a list of all of your current medications (including over-the- counter) with you and any MRI/X-ray films that may have.
  • You will need to discontinue any blood thinning medications at least 1 week prior to surgery. You will be provided with a list of these medications during your history and physical visit.
  • During the week prior to surgery, a pre-operative nurse from the hospital or surgery center will contact you to review your medical history and make any arrangements for you to have some lab tests prior to the day of surgery.
  • The day before your scheduled procedure, you will receive a phone call letting you know what time you will need to be at the hospital or surgery center for the day of surgery and where to report.
Surgery Day:
  • Do not eat anything after midnight, the night before your surgery unless instructed otherwise by anesthesia
  • The day of surgery, the pre-operative surgery staff at the hospital or surgery center will review the surgical consent with you and get you prepared for surgery.
  • Depending on your scheduled procedure, surgery normally takes 1-2 hours.
After Surgery:
  • You will be in the recovery room (on your back) for at least 1 hour
  • Dr. Shim will talk with your spouse, family or friends while you are in the recovery area.
  • You will be given medications to control any pain or spasms by the nursing staff at the hospital or surgery center
  • Once anesthesia has worn off, you will be take to the ambulatory care unit where you will be allowed to get out of bed shortly after surgery.
  • Once you have met all of the criteria for discharge, you will be provided with a written list of discharge instructions and any needed prescriptions.
  • A member of the ShimSpine clinical team will contact you by phone the morning after surgery to answer any questions you may have and to provide you with further instructions.
  • Your first post-operative visit is normally schedule 13-14 days after surgery in our Westchase office with Dr. Shim. This visit will include a physical exam, removing sutures/staples if necessary, x-rays (if needed), and a discussion regarding safe activity levels.


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Last modified: July 21, 2017

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