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How to Prepare for Laser Spine Surgery

For patients who have different back conditions, the procedure that is getting popular nowadays is laser spine surgery which is minimally invasive, which only requires local anesthesia and so it is drastically different from other types of back surgeries. Discussing laser spine surgery with your doctor is important so that he can help you with preparation for undergoing such a procedure, if indeed it is the best treatment for your back problems. In order to have peace of mind when undergoing laser spine surgery one should be prepared for it, and below are some tips in how to go about the preparation stage and what to do during your recovery stage.

The first step to preparing for your laser spine surgery is to ask questions to your doctor about things that are giving you anxiety and doubts, and also discuss with your doctor about the risks involved in the procedure and how to go about to avoid such. It is also important to ask the doctor how long the recovery time will be so you can plan in advance what you need to do after the procedure. Patients’ recovery time differ with the longest up to six weeks but some take less time to recover. This can affect you if you plan to go back to work or need to do some important things, but just the same make sure to ask what you can do and cannot do during recovery from your laser spine surgery.

Laser spine surgery is minimally invasive using only local anesthesia, and most patients do not even need to stay in the hospital after, but your surgeon can ask you do make changes before going into surgery and that is, you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything before surgery, and you are not allowed to eat food after surgery for a specified period of time. Make sure that there is someone to take you home after the procedure, because your doctor will not allow you to drive or perhaps you will be unable to drive after the surgery.

Preparing your home for your rest and recovery is as important as preparing yourself for the surgery. When you should be resting after surgery, you should not go about doing chores or cooking meals from scratch, and that is why it is important to prepare cooked meals before going to the hospital for your treatment, and stock them in the freezer so all your need to do is to reheat them for your meal times.

Source: Laser Spine Surgery