Questions To Ask Your Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Today, surgery is accepted worldwide to treat chronic back pain without realising the risks involved in the whole procedure. Even orthopaedic spine surgeons admit that a high chance of failure exists so much so that Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is a recognised, and serious, condition amongst their patients. Surgery is incredibly invasive and once you undergone this procedure, there’s no going back. Click here to learn how surgery aggravates the back condition.

Spinal fusion surgery.

We do not advise our patients to undergo spinal surgery unless they’re suffering from extreme conditions i.e. fractured or broken vertebrae, infections, or cancer. However, following are few common indications of spinal surgery:

  • Chronic lower back pain is lasting more than 6 months resistant to conventional medical therapy.
  • Back pain due to disc degeneration which is termed as degenerative disc disease.
  • Stenosis of spine in any region especially lumbar region having an associated deformity.
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis.
  • Any fracture due to trauma.
  • Any benign or malignant growth.

Before undergoing spinal surgery, always ask some questions from the surgeon for the safety of your health. It will help you how to mentally prepare yourself, how to choose a qualified surgeon, and what should you expect after surgery related to your spinal condition.

Ask following questions to learn about your specific surgical procedure

  1. Which type of surgical procedure are you suggesting me? What’s the reason for suggesting this procedure?
  2. What is the origin of my back pain? Tell me in detail.
  3. Please elaborate the surgical procedure to me in detail so that I may get a good idea about the intervention.
  4. Is there any non-surgical option? Tell me this one.
  5. What is the natural history of disease if do not get this surgical intervention?
  6. If one of your friends or family members gets the same condition, would you recommend the same procedure to that person?
  7. What is the time duration of this surgical procedure?
  8. What are the risk factors, side effects and complications of this intervention?
  9. Kindly explain the risk factors in detail to me and do all these risk factors personally relate to me?
  10. What will happen if, during the operation, you will find a different spinal issue other than you expected?
  11. How many pints of blood will be required during surgery?
  12. Do you lead the whole operation yourself? Or any other surgeon or medical student will assist you? If so, what is their qualification?
  13. At the time of operation, who will be allowed to be present in the operation theatre?
  14. What will be long-term benefits or complications of the intervention?

Ask following questions so you know your orthopaedic spine surgeon

  1. How many times in your professional life you have performed this procedure?
  2. Are you eligible or certified by the board for this type of procedure?
  3. Have you done with fellowship training in spine surgery?
  4. Can you recommend a surgeon to me if I want to get a second opinion?
  5. What is the success ratio for this surgery statistically? What is your success ratio for this operation?
  6. Can I have a conversation with other patients who have undergone a similar type of surgery?

Ask following questions about postoperative care and efficacy of the surgery

  1. Which type of pain may I suffer from after surgery and for how long?
  2. What is the duration of stay in the hospital after surgery?
  3. Will a family member be allowed to stay in the hospital with me after surgery?
  4. What is the pain management plan in the hospital?
  5. What are the side effects of painkiller medicines which will be prescribed to me after surgery?
  6. Will I require a back brace after surgery? If so, will I be completely fit after surgery?
  7. Will I require any other equipment (walker etc.) after surgery when I go home? Should I purchase adjustable bedding for me?
  8. Who can I approach after surgery if I have some questions at that time? Tell me the process of communication?
  9. After how much time interval you will visit me after surgery?
  10. What symptoms and sign would alert me to call to you?
  11. What are the symptoms which would alert for immediate medical treatment?
  12. What will be the limitations for me after surgery and for how much time?
  13. After how much time I should take a bath after surgery?
  14. For how long my work routine will be disturbed?
  15. Which type of help will be needed by me when I return to home?
  16. After how long time I will be able to drive?
  17. After how long I will be able to resume my household tasks?
  18. When will I become liable to have my sexual relationship again?
  19. Are you hopeful about my recovery?
  20. After how long after surgery, I should start physical therapy?
  21. Which type of activities do I need to avoid after surgery?

Benefits of Spine Surgery (if it goes well)

  • Your pain is relieved.
  • The underlying cause of pain is treated permanently.
  • If you had any malignancy, it is removed.
  • You can move in a better
  • You can fulfil your daily activities in a better
  • You are now more fit physically.
  • You feel better mood now.
  • You do not need to take painkillers
  • You can go back to your workplace.
  • You can perform your work more efficiently.

Complications of Spine Surgery

  • Haemorrhage or bleeding
  • Infection and sepsis.
  • Complications of anaesthesia or other drugs.
  • Blood clot formation.
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Stroke
  • A disc
  • Damage to nerves.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Since surgical approach to solve back conditions is quite brutal and it involves risk of failure so we believe the correct approach to fix back problems is to decompress, or mobilise, the spine using non-invasive techniques that are based on Orthopaedic Medicine. We present you the Backrack™ – 100% safe, non-invasive back pin treatment.

Backrack device relieves back pain.

Backrack™ is back decompression device based on a unique patented technology. It works on the whole spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions) and tackles the cause of your back pain instead of masking the symptoms. Visit the above link to learn more about Backrack™.