If you find yourself in a position where you need orthopedic surgery, slow down and take the process seriously. Choosing the right surgeon can have a profound impact on the procedure itself and the recovery period afterward.
Below, we’ve put together a step-by-step to having surgery done, including an explanation of why you should always get a second opinion before having orthopedic surgery. Read on so you can be well informed before you commit to anything.
During your initial consultation with the surgeon, you’ll likely discuss the general history of your condition, such as the causes and symptoms. After examining your X-rays and assessing your condition, they might propose surgery as the best course of action. In this case, your surgeon will thoroughly describe the surgical process, including the duration of your recovery.
Remember, you should always seek a second opinion before you agree to have surgery done. For example, if you’re looking for a second opinion on a spinal matter, you can make an appointment with our own Dr. Mathur.
An unbiased second opinion can prevent you from receiving an unnecessary operation when other less invasive treatment options are available. If surgery is not a mandatory procedure, you can also avoid the expenses associated with it.
Even if you’re prepared to pursue surgery, hearing from a second surgeon will provide you with more information about the procedure and the risk factors involved. That way you can feel confident about the operation as well as your choice in surgeon.
For the surgery and recovery process, you want to feel physically and mentally prepared.
Your body will heal faster if you’re in good health aside from the condition being treated. Leading up to surgery, eating right and exercising can also help your body recover from surgery more quickly.
When you arrive on the day of your surgery, you will likely have to fill out paperwork before you get started. Anesthesia often requires an empty stomach, and your doctor will tell you how long to fast before the procedure. Wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes is also a best practice.
For a quick, successful recovery, it’s important to follow all of the instructions given to you after the surgery has been completed. If you dismiss your physical therapy sessions or refuse to take certain medications post-op, your only making the recovery process harder. Be prepared to follow protocol following your surgery to promote proper healing.
If you’re considering orthopedic spinal surgery or are in need of an unbiased second opinion, contact orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mathur of Mathur Spine Surgery. Dr. Mathur only performs surgery when he is sure it is the most effective method of treatment for your spine.