Preparing for a Spine Surgery Procedure
Spinal surgery can be major or minor, depending on the problem that needs to be addressed. If you are considering spinal surgery, be sure to discuss all of the options with your doctor to ensure that you get the right procedure. Jersey Spine Associates have a history of excellence when it comes to spinal surgery, with offices in Marlton, Linwood & Brick, we help patients across New Jersey & Philadelphia, including Camden, Cherry Hill, & Tom’s River.
Physical & Mental Preparations Before Having Back Surgery
Depending on what kind of spinal problems you are facing, spinal surgery may or may not be the best option. If non-surgical treatments like physical therapy and medication fail to provide the relief you need, surgery may be the only option. Before you submit to spinal surgery, however, there are some physical and mental preparations you need to make. First, have a consultation with your spinal surgeon to go over the options and choose the right procedure. Once you’ve decided on a procedure, have your doctor go over the details to make sure you fully understand everything. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
When you schedule your back surgery, you will then need to start making some real preparations. Ask your spine doctor about the recovery time for the procedure so you know how much time you need to take off work. You should also ask questions regarding your mobility after the procedure—will you need to have someone come to your home to help you with daily tasks? Will you be able to drive during recovery? Are there any other preparations you need to make?
In addition to these practical steps for preparation, there are also certain mental preparations you need to make for surgery. Going into the surgery, you should know exactly what procedure the surgeon will follow and how it will affect your recovery. Prepare yourself to feel some pain following the surgery, depending on the size and location of the incision. You may also need to wear a brace, which can be frustrating and may limit your mobility. You also need to mentally prepare yourself for the recovery period, during which you may not be able to do the things you used to do, and may need help with simple daily tasks.
Tips For Easing Your Spine Surgery Recovery
To make your recovery as easy as possible there are a few preparations you can make before you go in for surgery. Gather up all of the items you use on a daily basis and place them somewhere that will be easy to access. Do this in the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. You may also want to buy a reacher or grabber to help you in times when you need to get something down from a shelf. Buying a pair of slip-on shoes will make dressing yourself easier with limited mobility, and you should also prepare some meals in advance that you can warm up easily.
Why Choose Jersey Spine Associates?
When you choose Jersey Spine Associates for your spinal surgery procedure, you can rest easy knowing that you will be working with a highly qualified team of experts, including a renowned orthopedic surgeon. At Jersey Spine Associates, we will make sure that you understand every detail of your procedure and that you are properly prepared going into it. After your procedure you can count on us to offer support when you need it, whether you need someone to answer your questions or to schedule a follow-up visit. Simply put, Jersey Spine Associates has your back.