Preparing foryour surgery

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 usually don’t need to have other tests and imaging like blood and urine tests, an X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan and/or MRI. If these tests are ordered, you should find out what for and why they’re needed.


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.

Your anaesthetic options

The types of anaesthesia and post-op pain relief you may be offered.


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