Questions to Ask Before Your Spine Surgery

If conservative treatments such as medications and physical therapy have not helped ease  your back pain, spine surgery may be the next appropriate step.  In the event your spine surgeon does suggest spine surgery, there are several questions you should ask to help ensure that you are informed and comfortable with proceeding. These questions will help you understand what to expect and ensure you are well-prepared if you do choose to undergo the surgery.

Questions to Ask Prior to Spine Surgery Include:

  1.    What is the purpose of this surgical procedure?

Your surgeon should thoroughly explain how the recommended surgical procedure will work to eliminate or improve your condition. This way you’ll gain an understanding of its purpose and can determine if it is the right decision for you.

  1.    What are the risks of this surgery?

As with all surgeries, spine surgeries come with associated risks. Even if the surgery your surgeon recommends is minimally invasive, you should find out what the risks are and how likely they are to occur.

  1.    How many times have you performed this type of surgery?

If you decide to proceed with the surgery, you should learn about your surgeon’s experience in performing the procedure. By doing so, you can ease your concerns and feel more confident in your surgeon and  surgery.

  1.    What is the success rate for this surgical procedure?

Ask your surgeon what the success rate is for the surgical procedure he is recommending for you. Understanding the likelihood of the surgery improving your back pain will make it easier for you to make an informed decision.

  1.    What is the recovery process like?

Finding out about the recovery process is just as important as finding out about the surgical procedure itself. Your surgeon should explain how long your recovery will take, whether you’ll be able to recover at home, and what limitations you may face during the healing process. They will discuss  whether you’ll need to take time off from work or the need physical therapy or another type of rehabilitation service.

  1.    How can I pay for this surgery?

Prior to committing to spine surgery, you should determine if your insurance policy will cover the procedure. By knowing whether you’ll be responsible for any of the costs, you can be prepared financially and avoid surprise bills.

Contact Pacific Spine Specialists Today

If you’ve been living with back pain and conservative treatments have not provided you with the relief you deserve, spine surgery may be the next step. Contact Pacific Spine Specialists today to schedule an appointment and find out if spine surgery is a viable option for you.