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5 quick tips before your disc protrusion surgery

A physician may recommend disc protrusion surgery if conservative treatment options, such as low-impact exercises and over-the-counter pain relievers, have been ineffective at relieving pain. When your physician recommends surgery, you may find yourself with lots of questions about what the surgery will entail and how you can best prepare for it.

Preparing for disc protrusion surgery

Here are some quick tips that can help inform you as you prepare for disc protrusion surgery:

  1. Understand your options. When your physician first discusses surgery with you, you’ll want to gather as much information as possible. You can ask about the pros and cons of different types of surgeries. You may also want to consider getting a second opinion before deciding which option is best for you.
  2. Choose an experienced medical team. The skill and experience of your surgical team is an important factor. You should choose surgeons that specialize in the particular type of disc protrusion surgery you’ll be receiving to ensure they have lots of experience performing this procedure.
  3. Follow your physician’s instructions before the procedure. Your physician can help you determine how to prepare for your surgery in the weeks and days leading up to the procedure. This may include avoiding eating before the procedure or stopping certain medications. Make sure your physician is aware of any health issues you have and any medications or supplements you’re taking, as these may be important medical considerations.
  4. Know what to expect during recovery. While everyone will have a different recovery experience, you should be aware of what to expect, at least in general terms, including how long the recovery period may last and what steps you should take while recovering. In the event that a complication occurs, you’ll more easily be able to identify what symptoms may be problematic and which ones are expected as you recover.
  5. Have a support team. Undergoing disc protrusion surgery may mean that you’ll need a little extra help during your recovery. Having family and friends who can support you during and after surgery can relieve a lot of stress and put you on a better path to recovery.

Disc protrusion surgery at USA Spine Care

USA Spine Care is a leading provider of minimally invasive spine surgery.^ Our surgeons are highly experienced in minimally invasive techniques and have helped tens of thousands of patients recover from neck and back pain caused by numerous spinal conditions, including disc protrusions.

If you would like to find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive disc protrusion surgery at USA Spine Care, contact us today for a no-cost MRI review.*

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