It is normal to feel anxious or scared about spine surgery. After all, this is a big procedure that comes with risks. However, there are ways to prepare for spine surgery that will help reduce anxiety and improve your outcomes.
Schedule a preoperative visit with your provider to discuss and prepare for your surgery. It is important to have a realistic understanding of the procedure and what it will entail. This means learning about the risks and complications associated with surgery, as well as the potential benefits. You should also be sure to ask your surgeon any questions you have about the procedure. Here are three videos from Cedar-Sinai to help you get ready for spine surgery. If anything information in this post or videos contradicts directions given by your surgeon, follow your surgeon’s specific guidelines.
1. Pre-Surgery Checklist
2. Your Hospital Stay
By following these tips, you will be better prepared for spine surgery and on your way to a successful outcome.
J. Patrick Johnson, MD is a renowned neurosurgeon specializing in spinal disorders and has served as the Director of the Institute for Spinal Disorders at Cedars Sinai Medical Center since 2001 and previously as the Director of the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center from 1993-2001.
This article is offered as informational only and not to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.