Consultation Before Disc Surgery

Consultation Before Disc Surgery

Although the most important thing will be knowing that you are about to be treated for your back pain, there will still be concerns if you are not fully aware of what is about to happen.  Not everyone will have surgery but if you are one of the 5% who is going to have to have an operation you will want to have a consultation before disc surgery.

What You Should be Told in Your Consultation Before Disc Surgery

It should be clearly explained to you why you are one of the people who are going to have to be operated on when others seem to get better just by physiotherapy or other non-invasive means. There will have been other forms of treatment tried but when there has been about 6 months and still no improvement then it will seem as if this is the only choice you have left. You may not like the idea of going under the knife but it will be explained to you that you need to do this in order to prevent any further damage. If the disc is left for any longer there could be nerve damage and as well as being very painful, there are many occasions when this cannot be reversed.

After the operation you should be able to move about much more freely than you had before and in your consultation before disc surgery you should be advised of the stages your recovery should take. First of all there will be gentle movement. This is likely to start within 48 hours of the operation and this is to aid recovery. Gentle movement will help to get the body back the way it was before and also it will be possible for the surgeon to see if there will be any scar tissue that may be a problem. As the incision is very small it is unlikely that this will be the case.

Consultation Before Disc Surgery Regarding Procedures.

There are a number of different procedures that could take place and these should all be fully explained to you.

  • Laminectomy – here thickened tissue can be removed as well as the lamina on the injured vertebrae.
  • Discectomy – here the entire disc is removed and when this happens there is normally a better result and less pain felt later on.
  • Laminotomy – the least invasive of all the procedures. Here the spinal canal is opened up and the pressure removed. This is the one procedure where there does not have to be a hospital stay and there is only a local anaesthetic used.

Whichever procedure you decide to have you should be fully informed regarding all the consequences and possible problems. There should be full details given regarding how much better you should feel after the procedure and also how long before you will be back to normal. During your consultation before disc surgery you should also be advised if this is a permanent or temporary solution. It is also the time for you to ask any questions or raise any concerns that you might have.