Medical Care Tips You Should Know: Part II

emergency-roomThis is a second set of eye-opening tips that can help you take control of your own care and steer you in finding the relief you need when it comes to back pain and sciatica. Dr. Sol Kamson has assisted us in putting together these important pieces of advice that doctors know about, but patients often are not aware of when it comes to choosing the right surgeon in your area.

Tip # 11: Take Your Time to Decide About Surgery

There’s usually no reason to rush into making a decision when it comes to back surgery. This is an important health choice, so weigh all of your options before committing to a surgeon or a specific procedure.

Tip #12: Communicate Any Leg Pain Post-Surgery

Although Sol Kamson will inform you about possible post-surgical complications, it’s important to understand that leg pain after surgery can be a signal of a blood clot. Do not hesitate to inform Dr. Kamson or your physician about leg pain after any back surgery.

Tip #13: Your Surgeon Loves to Be Thanked

After you’ve had a successful surgical procedure to relieve back pain, your life will likely improve to a tremendous degree. Surgeons work very hard to better the quality of life for their patients. Convey your gratitude for this life-changing help with a heartfelt ‘thank you’ in words or, better yet, in a handwritten note.

Tip #14: Physicians Are Very Busy People

Though it may sometimes seem as though doctors do not care about their patients because they rush in and out of examining rooms, this could not be further from the truth. Schedules become hectic, with many patients to see, yet you are just as important as anyone else. Keep in mind that your doctor really does care about you, though the rapid pace in the office may not always convey that impression.

Tip #15: Lawsuits Are Real Concerns for Doctors

In this litigious society, physicians do worry about being sued by patients. They sometimes refuse to perform certain procedures or recommend other avenues in order to protect themselves from legal action.

Tip #16: Complete Recovery Means Getting Enough Rest

You may feel much better and more fit after surgery, yet your spine surgeon informs you that you need to rest and recover for a certain period of time. Heed the advice of surgeons like Dr. Kamson and take the time you need to heal by not doing more than you should too soon.

Tip #17: Ask The Right Questions Before Surgery

Prior to saying ‘yes’ to a recommended procedure, be sure to question your doctor as to what is damaged in your body and why you need a certain repair. Perhaps you’ll discover that there are other options and surgery is not the only treatment available.

Tip #18: Being Overweight Can Be Challenging

Your doctor may find it difficult to find veins for IVs in obese patients. If you’re severely overweight, other complications can present themselves, such as slower healing and infections. Speak with Dr. Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest about the complications that may exist should your weight present a problem.

Tip #19: Nurses Are a Great Resource

Come to your medical appointments with a list of questions, but save the most important ones for the doctor. Ask the nurse about your more minor concerns and let your physician focus on the essential answers you need.

Tip #20: Listen Carefully

Doctors will tell you how to manage your post-surgical care or ways to prepare for a procedure. It’s important to listen carefully and perhaps take notes so that all goes well for you. Dr. Kamson is concerned that patients listen and follow instructions for the best possible outcome before, during, and after spinal procedures or treatments.

These ten additional tips for your medical care should give you an insight into what doctors really want patients to know. Stay tuned for the third in this series of medical secrets from Solomon Kamson MD, PhD and the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA.