Please review these neurosurgery preoperative instructions in preparation for your surgery. Your pre-admission testing nurse will review your care plan with you at your per-op interview and you will be given additional, individualized instructions. If you have questions about your neurosurgery preoperative care plan, please write them down so you remember to ask them during your appointment. These instructions are for your safety and it is important that you follow them as directed.

  • On the night before neurosurgery and the morning of, you need to bathe with chlorhexidine gluconate (common brand name, Hibiclens), antibacterial solution.
  • Do not apply lotions, powders or deodorants.
  • Have clean sheets on your bed the night before surgery.
  • Wear clean pajamas to bed the night before neurosurgery and wear clean clothes to the hospital on the day of surgery.
  • Do not engage in messy activities after your first pre-operative shower (lawn, mechanical, farm work or pet care activities).
  • Do not wear any jewelry to the hospital on the day of surgery. Remove ALL piercings.
  • Do not wear makeup or use any hair care products to the hospital on the day of surgery.
  • Do not wear contact lenses to the hospital on the day of surgery.
  • Same day neurosurgery patient’s are required to have a responsible adult present at the hospital with you on the day of your surgery – plan for this in advance.
  • we recommend that you do not smoke for at least 12 hours prior to surgery.

Your doctor will review your neurosurgery post operative instructions with you following your procedure to ensure you have a full recovery as quickly as possible. These personalized instructions are tailored just to you.

If you have any questions about your pre-operative care plan, please contact Upper Valley Neurology Neurosurgery at(603) 448-0447 during business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During non-business hours please dial the same main number and follow the prompts to page the neurosurgeon-on-call.