Whether you have had back problems all your life or they’ve been exasperated over the years due to an injury, or just plain old aging, back problems can greatly affect your daily life.
It can begin to feel that you have tried it all in search of the answer to getting rid of the back pain, and it seems to have all lead to one final point: surgery.
But is this your best option?
Here are five things to consider before taking the leap to surgery and making sure that truly is going to help your pain and any other issues your back may be causing you.
Have you thought about recovery?
The reason this could be really important is depending on the type of surgery that your particular back issue requires, it might be worth it to consider if the recovery will be worse than the state you are currently in.
Discuss in detail with your doctor and orthopedic surgeon about all the possibilities that could happen in recovery, or if other orthopedic services could serve your back issue better than surgery and recovery might. Also not to mention the work you may have to miss or further surgeries you may require or physical therapy.
Have you gotten all the facts?
Every back problem is different. The good news is that most surgeons will provide you with every detail you want to know, and many may even have recordings of the procedure.
Doing so will enable you to quiet any fears you have about your surgery as well as feeling out if this is the best option for you.
Have you done all the proper research?
Just like getting all the facts, you can also do research about what your surgery will entail, especially getting research from your doctor and orthopedic surgeon.
Research may enable you to find other people with similar issues who have had the surgery and what kind of results they saw.
Have you interviewed surgeons?
A surgeon is obviously the most important part of your back surgery especially if you are still trying to consider your options, and it would be best to sit down with them and have an in-depth conversation about what your surgery would mean for you.
It may be best to even consider interviewing a couple of different surgeons who specialize in the same type of surgery to see if they have a different perspective or method.
Have you sought out a second opinion?
Know that it is imperative before you consider any invasive type of medical procedure to make sure you always get a second, or even third and fourth, opinion.
This way you cover all your bases and be very sure if you want to move forward with your back surgery.