Before Consenting to Laser Spine Surgery

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Before Consenting to Laser Spine Surgery

  1. 1. Before Consenting to Laser Spine Surgery
  2. 2. Before consenting to laser spine surgery, or spine surgery of anykind, do everything you can to make absolutely sure that theprocedure is essential for you to find relief from pain and othersymptoms. Elective surgery should always be the last resort, andthere are many other methods available for symptom relief forthose who know where to look and who to ask.In truth, the research is not that complicated. Your primary carephysician or spine specialist, if you are consulting one, will almostcertainly recommend that you seek relief through a regimen ofconservative, nonsurgical treatment methods before you move onto researching your surgical options. And although it might not beeasy, the secret to most people’s success with conservativetreatment is no secret at all – they followed instructions, and theystuck to it.
  3. 3. Results Take Time and PatienceAs mentioned, avoiding laser spine surgery or any kind ofsurgery by using conservative treatment methods forsymptom management is not necessarily easy. Infact, depending on how severe and debilitating yoursymptoms are, regaining a sense of normalcy in the face ofback or neck pain and other symptoms mightbe one of the biggest challenges of your life.Greet it as a challenge, rather than a burden,and know that it takes time, hard work, anda lot of patience to achieve meaningful reliefwithout surgery. The upshot? You won’t haveto undergo surgery.
  4. 4. Seek Another OpinionAll that said, there might come a time when conservative treatmentsimply is not adequate. If symptoms remain debilitating afterseveral weeks or months of conservative treatment, it might betime to find out if you are a candidate for laser spine surgery.Before you do, though, go to another doctor and seek a secondopinion. No matter how much you trust your current physician orphysical therapist, there is always the chance that he or she mighthave overlooked something in the diagnosis. Or, perhaps anotherdoctor might be able to suggest a conservative treatment methodthat was eschewed or overlooked by your doctor. Either way, anadditional medical opinion will go a long way toward providing youthe peace of mind that comes with knowing you did everything youcould to avoid surgery.
  5. 5. Find the Right Surgical CenterIf you cannot avoid laser spine surgery, be sure that you find theright place to undergo it. Start by asking your primary carephysician for suggestions. Then move on tofriends, family, neighbors, and the Internet.When you conduct a Google or Bing search for a particular surgicalcenter, be sure to include qualifying terms such as[reviews], [complaints], [patient comments], and [cost]. Don’t takeeverything you read as gospel; keep in mind that there might beunscrupulous competitors trying to hurt the reputation of anotherwise reputable surgical center by spreading falsehoods online.Then again, a pattern of unsatisfactory reviews might mean it’stime to look elsewhere.
  6. 6. Find the Right SurgeonYou might think that finding the right facility for your laserspine surgery and finding the right surgeon go hand in hand.It’s not always that simple, though. It could be that the centeryou like doesn’t have a surgeon on hand who is adept at theparticular kind of procedure you require. Or a surgeon whosereputation is great when it comes to your type of surgery isemployed at a facility that is farther away than you would liketo travel. The bottom line? Choose a surgeon whoseexperience, skill, outcome history, and bedside manner matchyour expectations. If you can find someone like that, chancesare, he or she works in a reputable and attractive facility.

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