Prepare for your visit

If you will be undergoing a lumbar puncture:

Before the procedure:

Please arrive 15 minutes early to your scheduled appointment to fill out required paperwork. Please do not eat anything 2 hours prior to the procedure. You may take all of your prescribed medications on the day of the appointment except any anti-platelet agents (Aspirin, Plavix, Aggrenox). If you are taking Coumadin or Pradaxa please work with your physician to safely stop it before the procedure. A lumbar puncture cannot be performed if you have not safely stopped these medications.

After the Procedure:

You will need to lie flat for 15-20 minutes after the procedure in the clinic. We ask that you secure a ride home from the clinic to minimize any activity after the procedure. You will need to lie flat for another 1-2 hours at home to avoid developing a headache. We will give you a lumbar puncture aftercare form before you leave that will include details on how to treat a post-lumbar puncture headache and any back soreness.