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Five questions to ask your doctor before canal stenosis surgery

Canal stenosis surgery – like any other major operation – is something that requires a great deal of careful consideration. When evaluating your options, you should have several conversations with your physician, as well as a consultation with the surgeon that you would like to perform your procedure.

When talking to a doctor or a surgeon about canal stenosis surgery, all questions are good questions. It’s important to be informed about all potential options, as well as the benefits associated with each. But, if you’re not sure which questions are the most important to ask, consider the five below.

  1. Do you think I could still get better without surgery?
  2. Are there any other nonsurgical treatments that I could try before moving on to my surgical options?
  3. How long will this procedure take to recover from?
  4. When would I start to see results?
  5. What are the chances of this procedure being successful?

Making an informed decision

Before you make any decision regarding surgery – whether that’s to move forward with a specific procedure or to spend a bit more time exploring nonsurgical treatments – it’s important to understand what that means for your day-to-day life. For instance, having neck or back surgery may mean a lengthy recovery period – especially in the case of a traditional, open spine operation. However, some people may be good candidates for minimally invasive canal stenosis surgery, which can offer several advantages over traditional procedures.

Canal stenosis surgery at USA Spine Care

At USA Spine Care, we perform several minimally invasive procedures to help address canal stenosis. Compared to open spine surgery, our minimally invasive procedures have shorter recovery times^ and lower infection rates. Additionally, more than 90 percent of patients who have a minimally invasive decompression surgery at USA Spine Care report returning to their daily activities within three months of their procedure.

Our experienced orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons can help you make the best treatment decision for your specific needs. To find out if you are a potential candidate for minimally invasive, outpatient canal stenosis surgery at USA Spine Care, contact us today.

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