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Surgery is always a serious procedure and no less so when it involves your spine. If you have been referred to a spine surgeon there are several things you can do to prepare for that initial consultation with him or her to ensure the best possible outcome.
During the consultation, you can ask questions to get a better understanding of the diagnosis, treatment options, important preparation instructions, and the recovery process. It is important to understand all the details before choosing surgery as the treatment option for your condition.
Having a clear, detailed discussion with your doctor can help give you a better understanding of why surgery may be a good option for you, giving you the confidence you need to go into the procedure with a positive mind.
In fact, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends that all patients do the following:
This information can help lead to a final decision on the best possible treatment option for your condition. Along with this information, it is a good idea to be prepared to ask questions of your own. Some common questions to ask include:
If you are concerned about being able to get through all these questions with your surgeon, don’t be. Having your questions and your answers to your surgeon’s questions ready may result in a bit longer discussion butwill result in a much more efficient and productive discussion. It will save you both from time-consuming follow up questions or worse going into a surgery with the anxiety of unanswered questions.
If your pain requires treatment by a professional to correct your back, neck, or spinal condition, 360 Back & Spine Center can be your solution. Our specialists offer a range of comprehensive treatments that include non-invasive options to help make it easier to live with many types of painful back, neck, and spinal problems.
Instead of suffering, learn more about the many benefits thatwe can offer you at 360 Back and Spine and how we can help Navigate Your Spine Back to Health, by calling (682) 223-1406.