Neurosurgeons and other health professionals advocate preparedness for patients that are about to undergo back surgery. Over the years, being prepared has produced physical and emotional benefits to patients and their families. Here is a look at these benefits.
- It reduces anxiety and stress before the procedure. Back or Spine surgery can bring about certain of levels of anxiety to patients before surgery. This can stem from several factors. Preparing for spine surgery is important because it enables patients to approach the procedure with an informed view on its effects. Preparation may not eradicate anxiety altogether but it allows the patient to leave out scenarios that are unrelated to their condition.
- Fewer complications before and after surgery. As with any types of medical procedures, there are complications that may arise for different reasons. Preparing for back surgery includes measures to prevent these complications.
- It lessens the need for post operative pain medications. Pain is one of the most common symptoms that patients experience after surgery. The level of pain a patient experiences depends on the severity of illness, the extent of the procedures and their pain threshold and coping. Preparing for back surgery includes learning pain coping mechanisms that involves little to no medication. Health professionals at Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates are able to provide effective interventions for post operative pain coping. A patient that is aware on the measures he can take to cope with pain often needs lesser pain medications after surgery and is able to use various types of pain interventions.
- Patients who have prepared in advance for their surgery often have shorter period of hospitalization. For most patients, the home is still the best place to recover as it is a familiar environment and they are surrounded by people that they know and trust. Patients and their families should be prepared for home care after surgery. This facilitates faster transition from hospitalization to home care for patients.
- Patients who are prepared are more empowered to take charge or their own health and recovery. Back surgery may present various changes in the lives of patients. Daily routines such as eating, bathing or exercise may be markedly difficult for patients after surgery. Being prepared means being ready to cope with these changes. Prepared and empowered patients recover faster and return to their activities of daily living faster than those who are not.
- Preparing for back surgery not only involves the patient but includes the family as well. Patients need to transition to home care after they are fully able to be released from the hospital as recommended by their physicians and neurosurgeons. The patient and their family need to be familiar with home care and interventions necessary for a recovering patient.
- Improved emotional coping can also be brought about by preparation before spine surgery. Patients and their families need to know what is involved before and after surgery. Surgery can present a big change in the patient and family’s routine. Emotional coping and preparedness is important to foster a healthier environment for the patient.