How to Effectively Communicate with your Spinal Surgeon

Communicating with Spine Surgeons

Talking openly with your spinal surgeon is the first key to unlocking the door to recovery. A patient who prepares for an appointment with a definitive list of questions and concerns is not only a more informed and empowered individual, but is a patient who is able to give the surgeon a better overall picture of his or her condition.

Prepare with Research

In today’s world it is easier than ever to gain knowledge on almost any topic via the internet. By researching surgical treatment options ranging from traditional spinal fusions to cervical artificial disc replacement, you become more informed and can better find the best avenue of treatment.

Be Specific

Symptoms and degrees of pain should be described to the surgeon as specifically as possible. Many spinal issues are difficult to detect, and a good verbal description will aid the doctor in finding an accurate diagnosis. Health professionals typically ask patients to describe discomfort levels on a scale from zero to ten which rates pain from none to excruciating. If certain activities increase pain, the doctor should be informed.

Keep Open to Options

Research is good, but it can also lead patients into believing that one treatment option is the best for their specific ailment. Los Angeles spine surgeons will often give individuals several choices in tackling a certain condition. It is okay to take time to think about treatment choices, and most physicians can provide pamphlets that describe different interventions.

Ask Questions

Many patients run a laundry list of questions through their minds before an appointment only to forget them when they arrive at the office. Concerns will vary among individuals and following is a common list of questions for a spinal surgeon:

  • What is the best/most common procedure for my ailment?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • What is the outcome for patients who receive this procedure?
  • Will I have a scar?
  • How long is the recovery?
  • Will I need physical therapy?

Getting Started

If you are interested in learning more about minimally invasive spinal surgeries, click here and check out the various types of spinal surgeries available to you, as well as what to expect with surgery and associated risks. For more information, you can also reach out to The Center for Spinal Restoration in Santa Monica directly. Simply dial (310) 828-7757 and we would be more than happy to help you schedule an in-person consultation.