If you are suffering from a chronic back pain then there is every possibility of you using all manner of conservative back pain remedies, including resting, medication, exercise, heat or cold therapy, consultation with chiropractor or even cortiscosteroid injections. But, if after all these remedies, pain persists, your physician may have to consider a more invasive approach.
Initially, your primary care physician will help you find the right neurosurgeon for your surgery and other stuff, but before you decide on this, you should ask your surgeon the following questions without fail:
- Are there any alternative to surgery?
Even if you think, you have tried them all, your neurosurgeon could surprise you with their suggestions beyond what you have attempted so far. Further, he has seen a number of people suffering from the same kind of pain. So, he may know what is the most conservative remedy for you.
- What are the risks involved with this surgery?
It’s very much important for you to know the short and long term risks involved with your potential surgery. No doubt, it is a difficult question to ask, but it will help you to take your decisions. It is always better to remain aware of the risks up front.
- What are the benefits of this surgery?
It will help you to understand if the benefits of the potential surgery will really impact you. It will also help the surgeon to choose the operation that’s right for you.
- How long will you have to be in the hospital?
The answer to this question will basically help you to get an idea how invasive the surgery is going to be. It will also give you an idea to plan other aspects of your life, such as work and family responsibilities.
- How long will it take to recover?
Definitely recovery will take longer period of time than your stay in the hospital. Talk about this with your surgeon in details to get a good idea of the full extent of recovery and things you can do to speed recovery.
There are many neurosurgery consultants who are skilled to tackle such cases to ensure the patient is sure about the decision and remain in good mental status before they make their mind for surgery.