Medication after minimally invasive spine surgery
Facing any sort of surgery can be intimidating, but you can ease some of those fears by preparing yourself mentally and physically. Effective pain management is going to be an important part of the recovery process, as it is with any surgery. A variety of pain medications are available following back surgery that can help make the recovery process more comfortable.
Doctors and surgeons utilize powerful pain medications during surgery and can prescribe a number of different types of medication once the procedure is complete. Regardless of the type of surgery performed, pain medication plays an integral role in getting patients back on their feet and moving forward with their lives. To learn about the process of finding the right medication after your back surgery, read the following article.
Finding the right medication for you
The right medication after back surgery is extremely important for a number of reasons. Doctors do not want to prescribe medication that is too strong because it can lead to frustrating side effects that can interfere with your daily life and add significant complication to your recovery. Alternately, patients obviously don’t want their medication to be too weak.
Ensuring the patient receives the right postoperative treatment requires:
- An experienced medical staff (doctor, surgeon and anesthesiologist)
- A full medical screening to help avoid complications and correctly identify the origin of the pain
- An honest discussion about previous experiences with pain medications, drugs and alcohol
Specific medication used after back surgery also depends greatly on the exact procedure. Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain medications are often all that is needed to manage a patient’s pain after minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute, unlike the strong pain medications and muscle relaxants required after a traditional open back surgery.
The difference in pain can be significant between our minimally invasive outpatient procedure, which uses a small incision that is muscle sparing, and a highly invasive open back surgery, which uses a large a 6- to 8-inch incision that cuts or tears the muscles surrounding the spine.
Reach out to Laser Spine Institute
It is important to consult your doctor about pain medications to take after your surgery if you need the additional pain relief. Different procedures and patients require different medication and treatments. To learn more about the various ways to manage pain after a minimally invasive procedure, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our dedicated team can guide you on your journey to wellness.
If you are still in the decision phase about your recent diagnosis, we are happy to provide you with additional information about your condition and Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open neck and back surgery. Reach out to us today for your free MRI review* to see if you are a potential candidate for the spine surgery performed at our state-of-the-art surgery centers.