Re: What pre surgery questions to ask?
First of all I agree with above response. With surgery whenever possible at least I would always recommend getting another opinion.
I have been thru several surgeries and while I had confidence in the initial surgeons opinion & recommendations I still think it is a good idea to get another opinion from another specialist. One that is not affiliated with the 1st surgeon. I tend to prefer to see someone that is affiliated with another practice and another hospital. This tends to diminish any conflicts between the 2 opinions.
I agree in that who ever does your surgery they should be trained in spine related issues and they should also treat spine injuries routinely.
I think its important to know how much experience they have in doing the procedures that they are recommending.
What are the risk factors and what are the benefits? You should be aware of all possible outcomes from the surgery. What is the recovery time? Will you be required to go to a rehab facility after the surgery or go home then do Physical therapy as an out patient? How long do they think you will need phyical therapy? What are your restrictions after the surgery? Such as can you resume driving? etc.
Will you need some type of assistance while you are at home after surgery. Home health aide?
Surgery to the spine should not be taken lightly. And just remember that each person will recover at different speeds some will recover sooner then others. But the doctor should be able to give you some guidelines as to what to expect.
How long will you be required to be in the hospital? How long of a surgery is it?
Again what benefits are there and what are the risks as well?
I am sure taht there are other things to consider but those are what I was able to think of off hand. Good luck and keep us posted.