20 Apr Dealing with Pain After Spine Surgery
Many patients are reluctant to undergo spine surgery because of the pain they imagine they will experience after surgery. Thankfully, with modern surgical techniques it’s less painful than ever to have minimally invasive keyhole spine surgery. In this article, we are going to talk about what you can expect after a spinal surgery, and how to deal with pain post-operatively.
Post-Op Surgery Pain
Pain after surgery is a big fear for many patients considering surgery. In many ways, some pain is inevitable post-operatively. Spine surgery requires incisions (surgical trauma) that need time to heal. During recovery, patients typically experience varying degrees of pain.
That being said, each patient’s experience is different. Some patients report little to no pain at all after a procedure, while others may be in immense pain. Each patient needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to find the appropriate pain management method for his or her unique needs.
Here are some of the methods patients can utilize to cut down on pain after spine surgery:
- Over-the-counter NSAIDs
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
Talk with your surgeon before your procedure about your options for controlling pain while you recover. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, communicate effectively with your physician to find a pain control strategy that works well for you.
Inspired Spine Surgery
One of the greatest benefits of the revolutionary minimally invasive keyhole procedures developed by Inspired Spine is a decreased level of patient pain after surgery. With more traditional spine surgeries, the surgeon is required to make a large incision – which equals more pain. Inspired Spine surgeries require a very small incision and very little disruption of the ligaments and nerves in the surgical area. Contact us today to learn more about our procedures (the Inspired OLLIF and the Inspired MIS-DTIF), and find a provider in your area who performs these procedures.