Is a disc replacement operation something you’re thinking about? Surgery may be the next best choice when non-invasive therapies fail to alleviate chronic disc-related back pain. But nobody wants to go through surgery to have it not work. The success of your artificial disc replacement depends on your attention to detail. Luckily, with the help of HAAS spine & orthopaedics, you can adequately prepare for your total disc replacement by following the below tips:
Prepare yourself mentally to avoid anxiety
The key to a successful disc replacement is mental preparation. You can reduce anxiety, uneasiness, and fear with the correct frame of mind. Support from loved ones, both near and far, may be invaluable. Please don’t be shy about asking them for help, inspiration, motivation, etc. Most people know someone who has had surgery, so asking them about their experience will help you feel more prepared.
If you are anxious, the internet may help you locate resources to relieve your mind. Thousands of videos documenting people’s positive surgery outcomes may be found online. The confidence to take this enormous step comes from knowing you are not alone in your experiences.
Social media also has online support groups for those who have had successful back surgery. Talking to them might help you relax before surgery and learn more about the process from their perspective. These may be useful in ensuring that you ask your surgeon all the questions you need to be answered.
Locate a top-tier surgeon
Take your time and investigate thoroughly. It would help if you were looking for a spine surgeon who specializes in artificial disc replacement and has extensive expertise with other spinal surgeries. You can bolster your trust in your surgeon to weigh your choices and recommend the best course of action for you this way.
Try to find a spine surgeon who specializes in keyhole procedures. This technique has less collateral tissue damage, meaning faster recoveries and fewer difficulties. Think about the hospital or clinic where your surgeon will be operating and see their infection rate.
Check your prescriptions
In the days preceding up to and maybe during the total disc operation, several medicines may need to be temporarily halted or doses lowered. For example, any medicine that may raise the risk of excessive bleeding, interact badly with anesthetic, or hinder bone repair should be disclosed to the surgeon. You may also add dietary supplements to this list.
Quit smoking several weeks before surgery
If you can’t quit cold turkey, you should try to do so at least a few months before the operation. Nicotine has been shown to delay bone healing and increase the risk of infections, which may lead to further difficulties after surgery. If you smoke, tell your surgeon early on to assist you in stopping before the operation. For your rehabilitation to go smoothly with fewer issues, quitting smoking is necessary.
Total disc replacement may alleviate pain and facilitate your return to an active lifestyle if done by a qualified surgeon. Ensure you consider all of the suggestions above for the best possible outcome. Also, don’t hesitate to contact HAAS Spine & Orthopaedics if you need help with total disc replacement.