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What to Expect Before, During &  After Laser Spine Surgery
If you are about to undergo laser spine surgery,once you have found the right surgical center, andenlisted a surgeon whose...
The Week BeforeIn the week or so leading up to your laser spine surgery,you can expect to undergo several preoperativeproc...
In SurgeryOnce you’ve been given final clearance to undergo your laser spine surgery,your surgical order will be reviewed ...
Immediate AftermathJust as you won’t remember anything from the operationitself, there’s a very good chance that you will ...
In RecoveryNo matter what type of laser spine surgery youunderwent, you will require at least a few hours to restand recov...
The Days and Weeks That FollowBecause most laser spine surgery is performed on anoutpatient basis, you will likely be disc...
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What to Expect Before, During & After Laser Spine Surgery

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What to Expect Before, During & After Laser Spine Surgery

  1. 1. What to Expect Before, During & After Laser Spine Surgery
  2. 2. If you are about to undergo laser spine surgery,once you have found the right surgical center, andenlisted a surgeon whose skill, experience, andbedside manner all meet your requirements, youwill be pleased to know that two of the mostimportant and challenging steps are behind you.Almost everything that comes after these decisionsare made will be influenced by what facility andsurgeon you chose to trust with your procedure.There’s still a big challenge ahead, of course. Ingeneral, here’s what you can expect before, during,and after your surgery.
  3. 3. The Week BeforeIn the week or so leading up to your laser spine surgery,you can expect to undergo several preoperativeprocedures and tests. You might need to have a new MRIor CT scan in order to discover any last-minute changes inyour condition. You also will need to fill out a lot ofpaperwork for things like insurance verification, medicalclearance, and more. Chances are, you’ll meet with thesurgical team who will perform your operation. This is thetime to learn as much as possible about the surgery itself,anesthesia, and recovery.
  4. 4. In SurgeryOnce you’ve been given final clearance to undergo your laser spine surgery,your surgical order will be reviewed by your surgeon, and an anesthesiareview will also be conducted. Every precaution will be taken to ensure asuccessful outcome.While many laser spine procedures are performed under what many peoplecall “twilight sedation,” this does not mean that you will be consciousduring the operation. In fact, there’svirtually no chance that you’llremember much from the momentthe anesthesia is put into effect untilyou wake up 1-2 hours later. In mostcases, you will be given very similarmedications as someone who undergoesgeneral anesthesia, only your dosage willbe smaller.
  5. 5. Immediate AftermathJust as you won’t remember anything from the operationitself, there’s a very good chance that you will be a bit groggywhen you come to. This period, too, might remain hazy inyour memory as you look back on it years from now. Whatyou will remember from the immediate aftermath of laserspine surgery, though, is that the symptoms that forced youinto the operating room to begin with are either eradicated,or still with you. If they are still with you, it does notnecessarily mean the surgery was unsuccessful. But you willbe asked to describe how you’re feeling as soon as you’reable, and that answer could very well determine your courseof action going forward.
  6. 6. In RecoveryNo matter what type of laser spine surgery youunderwent, you will require at least a few hours to restand recover. Surgery, even minimally invasive surgery,takes an immediate toll on the body. Depending on yourdoctor’s orders, you might be asked to try to walk aroundyour recovery room, or down a hallway. This will give youand your doctor a chance to find out if the samesymptoms still bother you, or if new symptoms havearisen. It also could be your first experience in a long timeof moving around without pain and other symptomsrelated to spinal nerve compression. Enjoy the feeling!
  7. 7. The Days and Weeks That FollowBecause most laser spine surgery is performed on anoutpatient basis, you will likely be discharged to go homeor to a nearby hotel the same day your procedure isperformed. In the days and weeks that follow, you will beexpected to adhere to the care instructions given by thesurgeon. You also can expect to receive follow upcommunication from the spine center’s patient relationsdepartment. And finally, stay in communication with yourpersonal physician and report any major changes to yourphysical condition.

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