Fast-Track Microdisectomy Guidelines

Updated May 8, 2014
Author:  Pisini / McKinley / S. Carter

Description: Management guidelines for Fast-Track Intra-Op and Post-Op care of certain patients have micro-discectomy

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Intra-Op Anesthesia:

  1. Midazolam IV as needed
  2. Propofol induction with maintenance of Sevoflurane
  3. Ofirmev® (parenteral acetominophen) 1gm IV if not given pre-op
  4. Ketorolac 30mg IV if no contraindications
  5. Fentanyl IV as needed
  6. Dexamethasone and Ondansetron for antiemetics
  7. Maximum infiltration with local anesthetic by surgeon

Phase I Recovery Pain Management:

  1. Fentanyl IV as needed for pain control
  2. PO analgesics as soon as tolerated (usually within the first 30 minutes with crackers)
  3. Ofirmev® (parenteral acetominophen) 1gm IV if not given pre-op or intra-op
  4. Morphine or Hydromorphone for inadequate pain relief (these orders will most likely not be included in the PACU post-op orders; contact anesthesia staff if needed
  5. Haloperidol is the anti-emetic of choice for Phase I Recovery

Phase II Recovery:

  1. Goal: Patient will get up to the chair within 45 minutes
  2. Goal: Patient will be ambulatory within 60-90 minutes
  3. Neurosurgical PA will evaluate the patient and ensure necessary orders are entered for discharge
  4. Encourage PO fluid intake
  5. Patient is required to void prior to discharge


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