Facet syndrome surgery is typically only recommended as a treatment if more conservative options, such as pain medications and physical therapy, have not provided adequate symptom relief. If your physician has recommended surgery as the next step in your treatment plan, it can help to know what to expect during the recovery so you can plan ahead.
Tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the recovery process
Prior to your surgery, your surgical team will likely give you an overview of what to expect and how to prepare before and after the procedure. If you have additional questions at any point, make sure you ask your physician. Here are four tips to follow during your recovery from facet syndrome surgery:
- Ask your physician questions. For example, you may experience a symptom during your recovery and wonder if it’s normal. Discussing any concerns with a physician as they arise can help ensure that issues are caught early and your recovery goes smoother.
- Assemble a support team. This may include family members, friends or neighbors who can be there to assist you in your first few days following your facet syndrome surgery. It will take some time to get back to your normal routines, and having an extra set of hands to help out and run errands can make things much easier for you as you rest and recover.
- Get mobile as soon as you can. An important part of the recovery process involves small amounts of low-impact exercises and stretching techniques. These will help keep your muscles strong and flexible while also helping to prevent the accumulation of scar tissue. Your physician can help you determine how soon after surgery you should start getting mobile again.
- Be patient. The recovery process is just that — a process. You should expect it to take some time and effort before you feel like you’re back to normal. In the weeks or months following your surgery, plan to take your time with activities and take frequent breaks as needed as you get back into your daily routine.
Receiving facet syndrome surgery at USA Spine Care
If you’re in need of facet syndrome surgery, there are options available for you. For example, at USA Spine Care, we specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery procedures. Our minimally invasive approach is often the clinically appropriate first choice versus traditional open neck or back surgery, as it requires less than a 1-inch incision and typically has a shorter recovery time.^ To find out if you’re a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures, contact USA Spine Care today.
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