If your Beverly Hills spine surgeon has advised you to undergo back surgery, the next step is to prepare both physically and mentally. While emotional preparedness may sometimes be minimized or overlooked in the days leading up to surgery, it’s just as important for your overall wellbeing and ability to enjoy a productive recovery.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed when you get information about your specific condition and the surgical procedure to correct it. Talk to your doctor about any concerns or confusion about the specifics to get a better idea of what really applies to your situation. Gather additional useful information by:
Have reliable sources of support during your recovery period. A support team can include go-to people to run errands or offer assistance with cleaning and other household chores to reduce stress. An emotional support team can also include:
If you’re dealing with severe anxiety over your upcoming back surgery, consider scheduling some therapy sessions in advance of your procedure. At the most, you may feel better by being able to your discuss your worries in a setting that’s more comfortable than a doctor’s office.
Thinking about your surgery non-stop until it happens is likely to increase your emotional stress. Instead, consider:
Should you have any lingering doubts or anxiety, schedule an appointment with your board-certified spine surgeon in advance of your procedure. Consider writing down your concerns so you can proceed with your back surgery with a positive attitude and realistic expectations.
For more information about spine surgery or if you would like a second opinion on your diagnosis and recommended treatment, reach out to The Spine Institute Center and request an in-person consultation. Call (310) 828-7757.