Deciding on surgery for back pain is a complex decision that deserves careful consideration. If conservative therapies such as physical therapy, weight loss, medical or chiropractic therapies have failed to provide you with adequate pain relief, you and your doctor may have decided that surgery is your best option.
If so, it is in your best interest to ask relevant questions so you know how to prepare, how to select a well qualified surgeon, understand what to expect, both immediately after the surgery and over the long term.
Regardless of whom you decide on for your surgery, it is important to ask these 10 questions:
- What is the source of my pain and why is surgery the best option for long-term relief?
- What would happen if I don’t have this surgery? Is there a chance I could get better without surgery?
- What are the risks of surgery for me?
- What types of surgery are appropriate for this condition? And Why?
- Is minimally invasive surgery an option for my condition?
- What are the advantages of open surgery vs minimally invasive surgery?
- What are the side effects, potential complications of each type of surgery?
- Do you perform the entire surgery, or will other surgeons be involved?
- How many of these types of surgeries do you do?
- What are my odds for a successful surgery?
It is also always recommended that you get a second opinion and review these questions with a second surgeon. At the office of Dr. Michael Gomez, we are most concerned that you get the best treatment for your condition, your lifestyle and your preferences. We specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery because of the many patient benefits, which you can read about here. But we know that the minimally invasive approach is not right for all patients experiencing back pain. Consequently, we are happy to review your MRI and discuss your options and answer all your questions to ensure you get the best treatment for you.
To find out more, please call 786-456-4152.