Medical Care Tips You Should Know: Part III

foam-roller-blogDr. Sol Kamson wants you to know how you can be a more informed patient when it comes to back and spine surgery or treatments. This last set of medical care tips that your doctor will not always have the time to convey to you will provide you with insights into getting the relief you deserve from back pain.

Tip #21: Be Frank With Your Doctor

Tell the truth about your medical history, including prior surgeries of all types. If your surgeon is not aware of past procedures, even those of a cosmetic type, he may be facing a challenge for which he is not completely prepared. You and your doctor want the best possible outcome, and being honest is always the best policy.

Tip #22: Ask About Recovery Expectations

Not every spinal surgery has the same recovery period or post-surgical discomfort level. Ask your doctor what to expect after surgery and what kind of care will be needed so you can be more prepared both physically and psychologically.

Tip #23: Find Out About Post-Surgical Care

You will often need post-op appointments for follow-up care. Ask your doctor who will be seeing you at these appointments. Will it be the doctor who completed the surgery or another physician? Ask if a nurse or assistant will do the follow-up care so you will be more informed and not surprised if the doctor isn’t at your appointment.

Tip #24: Find Out About Banking Your Blood

When you are opting for elective surgery, you may have the option to bank your own blood should you need a transfusion. In this way, you will not have to rely on getting blood from an unknown source.

Tip #25: Avoid Unnecessary Procedures

Be sure to ask about and weigh all of your options when it comes to spine surgery. Dr. Kamson will inform you of your options prior to any procedure he recommends and works with you to make the right choice for your needs.

Tip #26: Avoid Scarring with the Right Creams

Ask your physician about which creams you can use to avoid any ugly scar post-surgery.

Tip #27: The Right Choice for Back Pain

It’s a good idea to first consider minimally invasive spine surgery as a first alternative to more invasive procedures when it comes to your back or cervical areas. Healing after undergoing minimally invasive surgery on your spine is always easier than after more traditional surgeries, especially if the end results will be similar.

Tip #28: Do What You’re Told

When given pre-op and post-op instructions, follow directions carefully for the best results. Question anything you don’t fully understand.

Tip #29: Consider Getting Help Afterwards

As with any procedure, you might be sore for a little while afterwards. Have someone help you with housework and other needs so you can concentrate on your recovery.

Tip #30: Work On Preventing Future Back Issues

Your surgeon may ask you to undergo a particular procedure so as to avoid future problems. Ask what will occur if you do not agree to treatment and then weigh your options carefully. Another good question to ask is what the outcome will be if you wait to get this particular surgery.

We hope you found this three-part series of medical care tips from Dr. Sol Kamson very helpful in your quest to find relief from back pain and other spinal issues. Contact us at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, to discover your options for taking back your life.