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Ask your doctor these 10 questions before your facet syndrome surgery

Facet syndrome describes problems that occur in the facet joints of the lumbar or cervical spine. Typically, these facet joints are responsible for enabling movement, but when facet syndrome develops, the cartilage that coats the facet joints wear away, causing bone-on-bone contact. This can cause a variety of symptoms to develop, such as pain associated with movements like bending, twisting and bearing heavy loads as well as tingling, numbness and weakness in the extremities.

If you are suffering from this condition, it is important to consult your doctor immediately to develop a treatment plan that works best for you. He or she may first suggest conservative treatments like pain medication, chiropractic care, anti-inflammatories, anti-spasm medication and physical therapy. However, if several weeks or months of these treatments do not provide adequate relief, then ask your doctor about facet syndrome surgery.

What to know before facet syndrome surgery

Prior to facet syndrome surgery, be sure learn about your condition and what a surgical procedure entails by asking the following questions:

  1. How severe is facet syndrome?
  2. What is the cause of my condition?
  3. Where is the location of my condition?
  4. Are there any activities that could worsen my condition?
  5. Are there any conservative treatments left to try before surgery?
  6. What surgical procedure would you recommend?
  7. What is facet syndrome surgery like?
  8. What are the risks associated with this facet syndrome surgery?
  9. Is there anything I should do to prepare for my procedure?
  10. How soon can I expect to recover from this procedure?

Facet syndrome surgery at USA Spine Care

At USA Spine Care, our minimally invasive surgery is a clinically appropriate alternative to open neck or back surgery.^ Our facet syndrome surgery offers a low risk of infection and complication as well as no lengthy recovery.^ In fact, our patients are able to be up and walking within just a few hours of surgery.^ If you are interested in learning more about our procedures for facet syndrome and what sets us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, contact our dedicated team today.

Since 2005, we have helped thousands of patients find lasting relief from their chronic neck or back pain. By using a small incision, that is muscle sparing, our board-certified surgeons+ are able to perform a variety of procedures to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with this condition. If you are interested in finding out if you are a potential candidate for our facet syndrome surgery, reach out to us and ask for a free MRI review.*

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