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.

Medical Care Tips You Should Know: Part I

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If you suffer from any type of back or neck pain, it’s important that you choose a physician you know you can trust to help you get the best care you available. Often, however, orthopedic surgeons may not be free to discuss every single aspect of what a patient should do to ensure they find the best doctor for their needs. In other instances, time constraints may be tight and your surgeon will not have the extra minutes it takes to keep you as informed as possible about your options and things you can do proactively to be sure you’re making the best decisions possible.

Here are some important tips that Dr. Sol Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest has decided to share with you, so you will be assured that your spine surgeon and the medical care you receive have been completely vetted and cleared by the most important person who needs this knowledge: you, the patient.

Tip #1: Consult With a Second Physician

When seeking out relief from back pain or sciatica, Dr. Sol Kamson understands that there are always multiple options to explore. He will never be annoyed or concerned if you decide to seek out a second opinion.  Perhaps Dr. Kamson will even be the second opinion you reach out to. What’s important is that you find the right treatment plan for you, with a doctor you can trust to manage or eliminate your pain.

Tip #2: Don’t Simply Rely upon Your Primary Care Physician’s Referral

Your PCP may have a professional relationship with a spine surgeon, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this specialist is the ideal doctor for your needs. Perform you own additional research and seek out a doctor who specializes in spinal pain relief. Dr. Kamson is an interventional pain management and minimally invasive spine surgeon who has helps scores of patients return to living a normal life once again.

Tip#3: Contact Former Patients

Don’t simply rely upon what you read on-line. It’s a good idea to speak with patients who have used the surgeon you are considering. Dr. Kamson has videotaped patient testimonials on his web site that you can listen to, for example. Call the Spine Institute Northwest offices if you’d like information about contacting a patient directly.

Tip #4: Bring Someone to Your Appointments

When you go to your appointment with a spinal surgeon, it’s a great idea to always bring a family member along. In this way, your doctor will view you as a real person. Not only will the surgeon meet your loved one(s), but your companion will be able to recall and understand everything that’s being said in the event that you become nervous or forget to ask questions.

Tip #5: Ask Who Will Be in the O.R.

Dr. Solomon Kamson performs minimally invasive and other surgical procedures. But as an informed patient, it’s important to always ask a doctor who will actually be in the operating room during the procedure. Ask to meet them beforehand.

Tip #6: Ask About the Risks Involved

Though someone like Dr. Kamson will always inform you of any risks involved with your surgery, it’s good to ask what, specifically, are his concerns for you as an individual.

Tip #7: Mistakes Can Happen

Surgical errors can and do occur from time to time. Ensure that you choose a spine surgeon who specializes in this field.

Tip #8: Don’t Expect Miracles

Some spine issues can’t be completely fixed, even with surgery. Ask Dr. Kamson about his expectations for your recovery.

Tip #9: Non-Surgical Options

Ask if surgery is the only option, as other initial treatments may be fine for your particular condition.

Tip #10: There Are No Cookie-Cutter Doctors

Each spine surgeon is different. The ideal surgeon in this field is one like Solomon Kamson MD, who is constantly educating himself on the latest techniques and options for spine and sciatica relief.

For more information, please contact the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, directly at 888-530-4621.