We all know that surgery is serious business and not to be taken lightly. For that reason, it’s incumbent upon patients to come to their surgical interventions with as much understanding as possible. You can trust your doctor, but you need to be aware of what to expect.
Today’s patients have a better awareness of what to expect than at any time in history. Because of the social prevalence of web-based information, there’s a world of knowledge at their fingerprints. But not all that knowledge is rooted in fact.
That’s why it’s so important that patients anticipating interventions concerning the spine be aware of these 4 questions to ask your surgeon prior to back surgery.
Is there a minimally invasive option?
Because you’re reading this, it’s clear you’re thinking about options concerning your spinal surgical intervention. But looking online isn’t enough. It’s important that you discuss the possibility of addressing your spinal issue with a minimally invasive procedure.
Minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) isn’t appropriate for every patient, or condition. It matters that you’re fully apprised of the alternatives with respect to surgery and that you make it clear to your surgeon that you want all the information available.
Being aware of your surgeon’s track record is important. In fact, this is probably the most important of the 4 questions to ask your surgeon prior to back surgery. Outcomes matter. Does your surgeon have the kind of track record you can have confidence in? Find out before your procedure. Know your surgeon’s outcome record.
Why is the surgery being recommended?
Passively accepting your surgeon’s recommendation is tempting, but ill-advised. You need to know why your surgeon has chosen the suggested surgery, in your instance. You need to be confident in your understanding of surgical recommendations to fully trust your surgeon and the recommended procedure.
Let’s be clear. You’re undergoing back surgery so you can get back to enjoying a renewed quality of life, with minimal disruption. You want to feel like yourself again. Ask your surgeon how long you can expect to be in recovery and what sort of rehabilitative efforts will be involved.
Knowing that’s there’s a light at the end of the tunnel is an important consideration for all patients anticipating a surgical procedure. You’re having surgery to get back to living well. Isn’t it important you know what to expect in terms of down time?
The preceding are the most important 4 questions to ask your surgeon prior to back surgery. At Progressive Spine, we’re spine care specialists serving New York and New Jersey who believe in patient consultation as a hallmark of our practice. Patient trust is engendered in clear and frank communication, so we encourage patients to enter into a dialogue with us. Trust means healing. It means recovery. It means a successful outcome for all our patients.
Contact us at Progressive Spine. Discover consultative care that involves you in the therapeutic process, partnering with the New Jersey and New York spine care experts.