It’s common for our patients to be nervous and anxious as operation day approaches. Our Ft. Lauderdale spine surgeon is dedicated to putting their minds at ease by urging them to ask any questions related to the surgical procedure. However, they often don’t know where to start. We’ve learned that patients who are well informed help improve their quality of care since they’ve gained a comprehensive understanding of the expectations before and after surgery.
The following are five questions all patients should ask their doctors prior to surgery:
- Why do you propose this procedure? – If you have been dealing with pain for a long time and physical therapy/activity wasn’t enough to heal your injury, then the only option left is surgery since the less invasive options have failed. Your surgeon will recommend a procedure in order to improve the particular problem you are facing.
- How many surgeries to you perform per week or month? – This is an important question to ask to know your surgeon’s experience and expertise on the surgery you require. Don’t be afraid to ask for exact numbers and figures. Hearing a surgeon respond by saying, “I perform this type of surgery constantly with great outcomes!” isn’t reassuring to hear.
- Is there a minimally invasive option? – Depending on the type of surgery you are receiving, minimally invasive surgery may be an option. Our Ft. Lauderdale spine surgical center offers minimally invasive decompression surgery, as well as minimally invasive stabilization surgery.
- What are your surgical results for this procedure? – The reason why a surgeon would recommend such a procedure is to improve you overall quality of life. Understanding what to expect after the surgery is just as important as knowing why you’re undergoing this procedure in the first place.
- How soon can I make a full recovery? – The last thing you shouldn’t forget to ask is how soon you can resume regular activities. Ask your surgeon to provide you with a time for your recovery and a date to look forward to on the calendar.
Make an appointment with our Ft. Lauderdale spine surgeon today!