The decision to have
spine surgery is not one that should be made lightly. As with any surgical procedure,
it’s important for patients to have an in-depth understanding of
the reasons for the procedure, the benefits and potential risks, and the
steps you can take to prepare for the surgery. Before meeting with your
orthopedic surgeon, consider writing a list of questions you have about
Why Is this Procedure Right for Me?
One of the
questions you may wish to ask your spine surgeon is why he or she is recommending a particular procedure.
The doctor can explain the potential drawbacks to leaving your condition
untreated, how a particular spine surgery will correct your condition,
and what the benefits of the surgery are. In order for your orthopedic
surgeon to determine whether you’re a good candidate for a surgery,
he or she will need your complete medical history, including other medical
conditions you have and medications you take.
What Are the Potential Risks?
Every medical procedure has the potential for side effects and complications,
including spine surgery. Working with a fellowship-trained spine surgeon
with extensive experience with spinal procedures can help reduce the potential
for complications. However, it’s always important for patients to
be aware of the possible risks.
What Should I Do to Prepare?
Following your spine surgeon’s pre-operative instructions carefully
will improve your own safety during the procedure and can facilitate the
recovery process. For example, your doctor may instruct you to discontinue
certain medications for a period of time. You’ll also need to refrain
from eating or drinking for a while prior to the procedure, and you’ll
need someone to drive you home from the hospital and stay with you for
a while. It’s highly advisable to place frequently needed items
within easy reach so that you can avoid placing stress on your back.
Dr. Okubadejo is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon in New Jersey who specializes
in minimally invasive spine surgeries to resolve spinal osteoarthritis,
spinal stenosis, and a wide range of other problems that affect the back
and neck. Patients in New York and New Jersey are invited to schedule
a consultation, during which Dr. Okubadejo will thoroughly answer all
spinal procedures. Call The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care today at (887) 854-8274.