Tests and imaging
To help diagnose the cause of your symptoms, your doctor may refer you to a neurologist for an electromyogram (EMG) or nerve conduction study.
You may also need to have some tests and imaging which could include blood and urine tests, an X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan and/or MRI. Be sure to bring your imaging with you to the hospital.
If any issues are raised by your tests and imaging, your surgeon may have to postpone or cancel your surgery.
Your surgeon may ask you to stop taking certain medications (especially blood thinners) before your surgery. If you smoke or drink alcohol, ask your surgeon whether you should stop these.
Don’t forget to mention any complementary or herbal remedies you’re taking.