Considering Back Surgery? What To Know

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If you have been dealing with back pain for a long time and your doctor hasn't found anything to help with the pain, it's time to talk with a back surgeon to see what's going on. Surgery may be a necessity, and you don't want to put it off any longer.

When you meet with the back surgeon to get a consultation, you want to make sure that you fully understand your recovery and how long it will take. Ask the surgeon about the following things before you go under the knife.

Realistic Return to Work Time

You have to plan accordingly and let your employer know how much time you'll need to have off work, so you'll want to have a realistic return to work time. This will be the time when you should be expected to be cleared to resume all the activities that you were doing before, or at least to do what you have to do when you're at the office.

Prescription Medication Dependency

Are you going to need prescription pain killers to help with the pain throughout your recovery, along with other medications to help with swelling and to prevent infection? You'll want to ask if you have to worry about any type of dependency that could affect your health and ability to work long term, and what you can do in advance to prevent it. You can have a few different alternative pain treatment plans put into place before your surgery.

Risk Versus Reward

What are all the risks associated with the surgery, and can they guarantee the reward is going to be higher than the risk? You want to know that that success rate of the surgery is high enough that it's worth going under the knife and enduring the recovery process, so you'll know that you are making the best decision for your overall health and quality of life. There are always risks, but choosing a surgeon familiar with the surgery that you need and who has a high success rate can put you at ease.

If you are going to be going to consult with some back surgeons to see if they can treat that pain that is disrupting your life, then you want to know what you're getting into before you check in. You want to get the relief that you need, so it's worth taking the chance and getting the procedure in the hopes of relief when it's over. 


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