Having surgery is a big decision and it is in your best interest to ask questions so you know how to prepare, how to select a qualified surgeon, and what to expect both immediately and after the surgery and longer term. Here are some questions to help with a starting point to guide your conversation with your surgeon. Think about printing it out and taking it with you to your consultation.
- What type of surgery are you recommending? Why do I need it?
- Could you explain the procedure?
- What are my non surgical options?
- What is the natural course of my condition if it is not surgically addressed?
- What are the risks, benefits, and possible complications for this operation? Will my health history and the medications I am currently taking mean the risks, potential complications, and benefits will be different for me? For example, are there different risks if you smoke, if you are overweight? if you are diabetic?
- How much will the operation cost me, and what type of insurance do you take? What surgical facility or hospital will the operation be done at? How long will the surgery take?
Do you perform the whole surgery? Do other surgeons or assistants help with parts of the operation?
- How many times have you done this surgery? Are you board certified?
- Statistically, what is the success rate for this type of surgery?
- What is your personal success rate?
- How long is the hospital stay? May a family member stay the night with me?
- What can I expect for recovery in terms of treatment, pain medications, diet, and after care? Who can I call if I have questions after the surgery? How often will I see you after my surgery?
- Will I need a brace after the surgery? Will I need any other medical equipment when I go home? What limitations will I have after surgery and for how long? How long will I be out of work or school? When do I start physical therapy?
Please click the link below to listen to Dr. Aryan explain Axis Brain and Back’s approach to finding the right surgeon. brainandback.com/key-factors-in-picking-a-spine-doctor/
The goal with each patient is to combine the least invasive with the most effective, proven treatment available. If you have any further questions, give us a call and schedule a consultation to talk through our pain and what is limiting you from daily activity, the surgeons are looking forward to meeting with you and figuring out the best approach to getting you back at it!