Pre-Op and Post-Op


Dr. Steven Jacobs operates out of Putnam Hospital in Carmel, NY. A few days before surgery Dr. Jacobs will meet with you to go over all details and answer any questions. Here are the most commonly asked questions:

Q. What tests need to be performed before surgery?
A. You will need routine blood work to check blood cell counts and chemistry profiles (sodium, potassium etc) as well as an EKG and possibly a chest X-ray. Our staff can arrange this to be done for you at a convenient location.

Q. How many days will I be in the hospital after surgery?
A. At a minimum, Dr. Jacobs always keeps an eye on all post-op patients for at least one night. Patients undergoing cervical spine surgery usually go home the next day. Some patients prefer to spend a second night in the hospital and this is OK. Patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery usually spend two nights in the hospital but some prefer to go home after one night.

Q. Can my wife or husband stay with me overnight in the room?
A. Yes. All patients have a private room on the new 4 North Wing of Putnam Hospital.

Q. Will I be given medications to take after the surgery?
A. At the time of your pre-operative visit Dr. Jacobs will give you a prescription for pain medication and an antibiotic.


Dr. Jacobs will see all patients in the office approximately 2 weeks after surgery. Prior to surgery, you will be given a date for this first post op visit. Here are the most commonly asked questions:

Q. When will my stitches or staples be removed?
A. During the first postoperative visit about 2 weeks after surgery.

Q. What do I do about my dressing when I take a shower or bath?
A. You may either put cellophane over the dressing to keep it dry while bathing or you may simply place a new dressing on after bathing and replace the wet dressing.

Q. How long will it take to recover from surgery?
A. You will be up walking the next day. Recovery periods vary depending on age, physical condition etc but generally speaking, patients require 4-8 weeks to recover from removal of a single herniated disk in the neck or back. Patients undergoing lumbar fusion may need 2-5 months to recover.

Q. When will I be able to return to work?
A. This will vary from patient to patient depending on the physical demands of your job and the progress of your recovery. Dr. Jacobs will never "rush" you back to work until you are ready to return and will discuss return to work with all patients. Generally speaking, if you have a job that does not require lifting over 20 pounds (ie, a desk job) you should be able to return to work within 4 weeks after neck surgery or a simple lumbar disectomy. Patients whose jobs require heavy labor may be out of work for 2 to 6 months after neck or back surgery.

Patient Testimonials
I have been seeing Dr. Jacobs for 3 years. He is one of the best doctors I ever had to deal with. He did my cervical surgery and my neck is 95% better as he said it would be. I am about to have my back done, and I am proud that he is doing my surgery. I would recommend Dr. Jacobs to any person I would run into that needs Neurosurgery. I would recommend anyone to him, Dr. Jacobs is that good. His staff is excellent and very professional. It is always a pleasure going to and dealing with his office. God bless Dr. Jacobs and his staff.
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