The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care
Dr. Okubadejo and The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care are committed to excellence by providing the highest quality of spinal care in New Jersey and New York.

What Questions Should You Ask Your Doctor About Your Spine Surgery?

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 the procedure.

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 questions about spinal procedures. Call The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care today at (887) 854-8274.

Categories: Spine health

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Spine Surgery FAQs

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