Back surgery is a serious undertaking. I guess we all know that, but it’s important that patients engaging with medical professionals ask the right questions.
It’s often the case that patients walk into consults with their surgeon completely unprepared to discuss the surgical intervention they’re having recommended to them. Knowing what the procedure entails and why it’s recommended are important considerations.
The more you know about your back surgery going into it, the better the outcome will be. Your participation is therefore not just advised, it’s imperative.
Why this procedure?
You may have tried every conservative answer to your back issue available, so now you’re facing surgery. But do you know why your surgeon is recommending a certain intervention?
It’s important to have this information in hand. If your surgeon truly believes that this surgery will help or completely resolve your problem, then it’s crucial to understand why, what’s entailed and what you can expect in terms of changes to your physical condition.
Is minimally invasive a possibility?
Minimally invasive techniques are growing in popularity due to reduced recovery times and reduced potential for complications. Many conditions can be addressed with this type of intervention.
It’s important to ask if the surgery you’re about to have be performed using this methodology and, if not, what kind of recovery time you can expect with a traditional style procedure.
What are your surgeon’s outcomes?
All those who work are measured in terms of how well they perform their duties. Surgeons are no different. Asking about outcomes for patients is a way of gauging the expertise of your surgeon.
What’s even more important is to know the surgeon’s track record with respect to your condition and the recommended surgery, specifically. Will the improvement projected be moderate? Material?
Be sure to ask your surgeon how often he or she performs this type of surgery and how many he or she does per month.
A surgeon who routinely performs the recommended surgery is more likely to have the kind of expertise you need to feel confident going on. Like outcomes, this is key information.
Projecting recovery times is not an exact science, but a ballpark will prepare you, with respect to work and home support. Also ask about rehabilitative measures like physical therapy and doctor-directed exercise during the recovery process.
Your surgeon will provide you with detailed information which you should read prior to your consultation. Be sure you understand the precautions concerning activities post-surgery and then – follow doctor’s orders.
These questions to ask your surgeon prior to back surgery are foundational to your understanding of what you’re about to experience. Undergoing surgery is a journey. Part of that journey is educating yourself about the intervention. This helps you plan, manage your expectations and be ready to recover fully.
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