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.

Spine Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the main reasons patients pursue spine surgery?

Spine surgery is a solution for patients whose lumbar (lower back) pain has not responded favorably to conservative treatments. This lower back pain usually occurs during movement, and can radiate down the buttocks to the extremities, causing severe leg pain and immobilization.

Spine surgery should be considered carefully, as it can be invasive and may involve changing the patient's anatomy. While physical therapy, NSAID treatment, steroid injections, and chiropractic manipulation may help manage a patient's back pain, spine surgery is often the only permanent solution available for alleviating pain and other limiting factors.

Spine surgery is most commonly suggested as a treatment for conditions including: degenerative disc disease,spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, and fractured discs. Procedures such as spinal fusion can help stabilize the spinal column and alleviate pain that results from movement or pressure applied to the lower back.

2. How safe is spine surgery?

Today, spine surgery is one of the most successful surgeries performed in the United States, and has undergone a number of advancements since its introduction to the country in the 1960s. Many procedures have been made minimally invasive, allowing patients to benefit from smaller incision sizes and reduced muscle and tissue interference. These benefits translate to less blood loss during surgery, making the procedure quicker, less painful, with a shortened post-operative recovery period.

To feel safe going into a surgical procedure, it is important to trust the surgeon. Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS is a Board-Certified, Fellowship-trained spine surgeon, and is a thought leader in back pain treatment in the New York / New Jersey area. Dr. Okubadejo is an advocate of minimally invasive surgery for its benefits to the patient, and strives to make the experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

Making the right decisions for treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis of the condition. Dr. Okubadejo will evaluate the patient's orthopedic condition using imaging techniques, such as MRI, X-ray, or electrodiagnostic tests (ECG, EEG). These tests can help assess the severity of the patient's back pain to determine if spine surgery is the right option.

After undergoing spine surgery, patients may have difficulty lifting heavy objects for several weeks or months. For this reason, it is helpful to place common items within easy reach and reduce activities that involve bending over. Frequently used items, such as dishes and pans in the kitchen, should be placed in upper cabinets to avoid bending down to reach lower cabinets. Placing toiletries, clothes, and other everyday items on shelves and countertops within easy reach can help the patient recover more quickly to avoid post-operative pain.

4. How can patients recover most efficiently after spine surgery?

Following spine surgery, patients should forego lifting heavy objects and bending over for several weeks or months. This precautionary measure allows the spine to heal without experiencing excessive stress.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises will likely be prescribed by a physical therapist following the procedure. These exercises help support the spine by strengthening the supporting muscles and ligaments. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as tylenol, ibuprofen, or Celebrex, can help alleviate inflammatory pain, as well. Drug treatments are best regulated by the back surgeon, thus Dr. Okubadejo will consult the patient on how to recover most successfully.

5. What are Dr. Okubadejo's surgical specialties?

As a Fellowship-trained spine surgeon, Dr. Okubadejo is an expert in a number of surgical tactics, including, but not limited to: herniated disc treatment in both the lumbar and cervical spine, spinal osteoarthritis, sciatica, cervical and lumbar stenosis, and minimally invasive lumbar (lower back) surgery. Whenever possible, Dr. Okubadejo advocates a minimally invasive approach, as it benefits patients in a number of ways. To learn more about Dr. Okubadejo's specialtie, continue reading here.

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