4 questions to ask before your spinal bone spur surgery

If you’re considered to be good candidate for spinal bone spur surgery, you’ll likely have some questions for your physician and/or surgeon about your options and outcomes. When you sit down with your medical care providers to discuss your potential surgery, there are a few questions that you should bring up so you’ll know what to expect from a procedure.

Question 1: What does the procedure entail?

What will the surgeon be doing? How long does the surgery typically take? Your physician or surgeon will likely have answered these questions for you already, but make sure that you understand what was said. Feel free to ask for clarification of anything that seems vague or confusing to you, or request a more detailed explanation of the procedure if you feel you need it.

Question 2: What are some of the risks associated with the surgery?

It’s well known that every surgery presents some risks and potential side effects. However, check with your medical professional to discuss the risks specific to your spinal bone spur surgery. Your physician or surgeon can explain the potential effects of the surgery and complications that may arise. This discussion shouldn’t frighten you — it should instead allow you to make a more informed decision about your health care. With your physician’s help, you can consider the likelihood of possible complications and weigh them against the potential benefits of your procedure to determine whether you want to undergo surgery.

Question 3: What kind of a recovery should I expect?

Although every human body is different, your physician or surgeon should be able to give you an estimate of how long you’ll need to recover from your bone spur surgery and other information about the healing process. You can ask how many days or weeks it will be until you can expect to return to driving, working or performing certain household tasks, for example. Note that the surgeon or physician’s answers are not set in stone; if you choose to undergo the procedure, the estimate may change due to your specific case.

Question 4: Are there other alternatives that I should know about?

If you’re considering a traditional open spinal bone spur surgery, be sure to explore possible minimally invasive options. Although not every patient is a good candidate, outpatient procedures like those offered by Laser Spine Institute’s experienced surgeons are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery.

To learn about these minimally invasive spinal bone spur surgery options, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our experts can review your case and let you know if you’re a candidate for one of our procedures.