How to Prepare for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Once you decide in favor of minimally invasive spine surgery, it’s important to turn your attention to the preparation process. You need to prepare your mind and body for the procedure, as this goes a long way in helping you during the recovery phase.
Here are a few things you should do:
· Talk to your doctor about what to expect. It’s good to have a clear idea of what your procedure entails, how you’ll feel when you wake up, and potential side effects. The more you know upfront the less likely it is that you’ll face a surprise in the near future.
· Understand how long you’ll be in the hospital. Your doctor should be able to provide a basic idea of how long your hospital stay will last, barring any complications. This will help you plan accordingly, such as when you need to find a ride home and how much time you’ll take off of work.
· Prepare your home accordingly. Upon returning home, you don’t want to find yourself with a lot to do. Setup your home to ensure that it’s as safe and patient-friendly as possible. Also, if you require any help after returning home, find someone who can assist you.
These are the basic steps associated with preparing for minimally invasive spine surgery. Anything else, such as sharing a medication list with your doctor, will be requested by your medical team in advance.
If you have any questions about minimally invasive spine surgery, including whether or not it’s the right choice for you, contact us to setup an appointment.