Preparing for Lower Back Pain Surgery

After you have decided with your surgeon that lower back pain surgery is the only option you have left there are some things you should do to prepare for the surgery. We will go over some things you can do prior to your surgery.

 

First, you should schedule a regular checkup with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough for lower back pain surgery. Depending on your age and health status you may also want to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist to ensure your heart is healthy enough for lower back surgery.

 

back pain surgeryAlso, if you’re a regular user of tobacco you should quit smoking before surgery. People who smoke could suffer from complications in surgery if they do not quit a while before the lower back surgery takes place. If you do not quit there is a high chance you will suffer complications after surgery such as infections. If you are a smoker do not hide this information from your doctor, it’s still possible to have the surgery but you may need to delay the surgery date. Doctors usually like you to quit a month or so in advance to prevent any complications from happening.

 

Another topic you should inform your doctor of prior to surgery is to let them know any and all medications you are currently taking. Even if its something as simple as a daily aspirin, you need to let your doctor know prior to your lower back surgery. You should even let your doctor know about any herbal medicines you are taking, even if you think they will not affect the surgery, there is a chance they could, which is why it’s very important to let your doctor know any and all medication you are on.

 

There are also some supplements your doctor may put you on prior to surgery. Some people decide to donate any blood loss during the surgery. In which case your doctor may put you on an iron pill to mitigate any effects that may happen to you from the blood loss.

 

It is also important to talk to your family and friends about post-operative care. After the lower back surgery, you will still most likely be able to walk on your own. However, you may need help with daily activities and chores like changing your clothes or bathing yourself. Make sure you have adequate help at home. If you do not live with someone and cannot persuade a family member or friend to stay with you, you should look into hiring a nursing staff of some sort. There is also a chance you may not be able to drive for a while after your lower back surgery, in which case you will need to find a family member or friend to drive you around. There are also ride share programs like Lyft and Uber. This will be very important for your post-operative doctor appointments.

 

The procedure itself takes around one to three hours, so if you have a family member or friend staying with you, make sure you let them know the length of the surgery so they can arrange their schedule.

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