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Preparing for Spinal Surgery

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Preparing for Spinal Surgery

What to Expect Before, During, and After a Procedure

Are you scheduled to have spinal surgery? If so, you're likely feeling a range of emotions right now. You may be scared, anxious, or even overwhelmed. It's natural to feel this way—after all, spinal surgery is a major procedure. But don't worry! This blog post from our St. John's Health doctors is here to help.

Pre-Surgical Care

Before surgery, you'll need to take care of a few things. First, you'll meet with your surgeon to go over the details of the procedure. They'll answer any questions you have and help put your mind at ease. This is a good time to mention any emotions you're feeling about the process.

You'll also need to get some tests done. These may include blood work, x-rays, and an MRI. Your doctor will use these tests to understand your case better and develop a surgical plan that's right for you.

It's also important to take care of yourself physically before the procedure. This means eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest. You want to be in the best possible shape to help you recover quickly and safely.

Preparing for the Day of the Procedure

On the day of your surgery, you'll need to arrive early at the hospital or surgical center. This will allow you enough time to check-in and get changed into a gown.

Once you're ready, a nurse will escort you to the operating room, where the procedure will occur. The team will hook you up to monitors that track your heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. You'll also receive anesthesia to help you relax and sleep through the surgery.

After the Procedure

Once the surgery is complete, you'll go to a recovery room, where the medical team will monitor you until the effects of the anesthesia wear off. You may feel groggy and disoriented at first, but this will pass.

Then you'll go to your hospital room, where you'll spend the next few hours or days recovering. You can expect some pain and discomfort during this time. Your doctor will prescribe medication to help manage it.

Supporting Recovery

Even after you leave the hospital, your recovery isn't over yet. You'll need to take it easy for a few weeks or even months. This means avoiding strenuous activities, lifting heavy objects, and bending or twisting your back.

You'll also need to attend follow-up appointments with your doctor to help ensure that your incision is healing correctly and that you're on track for a full recovery.

It's also a good idea to have a support system in place during this time. It could be family, friends, or even a home care nurse. These people can help you with cooking, cleaning, and transportation tasks.

Premier Surgical Center in Jackson, WY

Preparing for spinal surgery can be a daunting task. But by following the tips in this blog post, you can help make the process a little easier. Just remember to take things slow and steady, and you'll be on your way to a full recovery in no time.

Ready to learn more about spinal surgery at our Jackson, Wyoming spine center? Please contact us to get in touch with a provider or schedule an appointment.