Getting spinal surgery is not an easy decision to make, as any health professional will tell you. Before going into such a serious procedure you should be sure to fully educate yourself on what your specific surgery will entail. Once you and your doctor have decided that surgery is indeed the right course of action to take, be sure to have as many lengthy sit-down sessions with in order to get all of the information that you need.
While it is fully understandable that your doctor will not have unlimited time, be sure that all of your questions are addressed and do not be brushed aside, as there is nothing worse than going into any type of surgery without having all of the information and knowing all of the risks involved.
1. Are there non-surgical treatment options for my condition? – Asking this question is important as it allows you to consider non-surgical and possibly even holistic options.
2. What surgery options do you recommend? – This will give you a chance to explore all of the surgical options available to treat your condition.
3. Can you please explain the recommended surgery in great detail? – Always be sure that you have a full and complete understanding of the surgery that you plan to have done.
4. What symptoms will the surgery treat or alleviate? – Always ask the doctor what symptoms the surgery will address, that way you won’t be surprised if some back pain persists even after surgery.
5. How long can I put off the surgery for? – It is important to find out how long you can put off the surgery, especially if it is not needed urgently.
6. What are the risks associated with this type of surgery? – Be sure to ask your doctor if there are any known risks involved with having the surgery. Some surgeries have many risks and downsides to contemplate.
7. How long will it take to recover from such a surgery? – Knowing how long the recovery time is can help you schedule your work leave or in-house assistance during the post-surgery and recovery phase.
The Orthopaedic Specialty Group. is a group of seven orthopaedic offices throughout Fairfield County, CT. The Orthopaedic Specialty Group also runs one of the only after-hours orthopaedic walk-in clinics as an affordable alternative to the ER.