Questions for Your Surgeon About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Undergoing any form of surgery can be intimidating, particularly when it concerns the spine. It’s crucial to ask the right questions to your surgeon before a minimally invasive spine surgery. Here’s a list of comprehensive questions that can guide your conversation and help you make an informed decision.
What is the diagnosis and why do I need surgery?
Understanding your condition and the reasons for surgery is foundational. Ensure the surgeon explains your diagnosis, using imaging or models if necessary.
What exactly does minimally invasive spine surgery involve?
Have the surgeon walk you through the procedure, detailing the steps, and explaining how it differs from traditional open surgery.
What are the potential benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?
The surgeon should be able to articulate the expected benefits such as less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, reduced postoperative pain, and quicker recovery.
What are the risks and potential complications?
No surgery is without risks. It’s essential to be aware of the potential complications, their probabilities, and how they would be managed.
What is your experience with this surgery?
It’s fair to ask about your surgeon’s experience and success rate with the procedure. This can provide an insight into their expertise.
What kind of anesthesia will be used?
The type of anesthesia used can impact recovery time and side effects, so it’s valuable to know this beforehand.
What is the expected recovery time?
Knowing the typical timeline for recovery can help you plan your postoperative life, including when you might return to work or resume regular activities.
Remember, open communication with your surgeon is key. Don’t hesitate to ask any question, no matter how minor it might seem. It’s crucial that you feel comfortable and confident about your surgical plan.
Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.