Disc surgeries — preparing for risks and challenges

Disc surgeries can be difficult on your body, which is why physicians will typically try to exhaust conservative options before exploring surgery. A traditional open back surgery involves large incisions that tear muscles, requiring hospitalization and a long recovery period — for a patient already debilitated by the underlying spinal disc issue.

If you are considering surgery to relieve nerve compression caused by a disc condition such as a bulging or herniated disc, knowing how to prepare for a procedure is important. Between initial monitoring in the hospital to the longer recuperation period, you’ll have enough to worry about after the surgery. This is why you should take steps before surgery to speed up your recovery process.

Preparing for a disc surgery

Preparation for disc surgeries can vary depending on your medical history and specific condition, as well as the type of disc surgery being performed. However, there are some general tips that can help prepare you to undergo a procedure:

  • Focus on physical fitness and nutrition to boost your immune system and increase your body’s ability to fight infection, though always consult a physician about a change in diet or exercise routine.
  • Stop drinking and smoking — anything that can interfere with normal heart and lung function should be eliminated from your lifestyle, both before and after the spinal disc surgery.
  • Your physician may suggest that you stop taking certain medications a few weeks before the surgery, such as anti-inflammatory drugs or anticoagulants.

Rest, while important, needs to be balanced in both the before- and after-surgery period with regular movement and activity to ensure an optimal recovery process because it strengthens muscles and improves blood flow.

Disc surgery at Laser Spine Institute

Advances in medical technology and surgical technique have made alternatives to traditional open spine procedures possible. Laser Spine Institute’s surgical team performs minimally invasive spine surgery, which uses indirect viewing and a series of dilating tubes to access the spine without the muscle disruption of traditional procedures. This enables an outpatient surgery where patients are often encouraged to be up and walking within hours of surgery.

Contact us today for your no-cost MRI review* to see if you are a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery with us.