What to Expect at Inspired Spine
As a total spine care provider, Inspired Spine offers a range of services and treatments for back problems and back pain, in addition to keyhole spine surgery. In fact, fewer than 1 in 10 of our patients require surgery at all. Most find pain relief with other, non-invasive back treatments. Our primary goal is to find the least invasive spinal therapy that works for you. This goal underlies every stage of our process – from initial consultation through treatment plan and follow-up. At every step of the way, you will be aided by our Patient Care Coordinators, who can answer your questions and help make arrangements for your care.
We take time to arrive at the right pain diagnosis and walk you through the best treatment options for you. During your initial consultation at Inspired Spine, you will be seen by an expert spine surgeon. You should expect to discuss your medical history, current symptoms, and any previous treatments you have had for your back problem. To prepare for your appointment, you can download medical history and symptom questionnaires, fill them out ahead of time and bring the completed forms with you to your consultation.
We will also review any recent diagnostic images you may already have, so please bring them with you to your appointment. If you have an MRI or CT scan now that is less than a year old, you can:
Pinpointing the Source of Back Pain
We may perform additional diagnostic procedures to help pinpoint the true cause of your pain. For instance, an advanced upright MRI provides a truer picture of your spine under pressure – when it hurts – than a reclining MRI would.
However, MRIs can be misleading because abnormalities, such as degenerating discs, can be seen on scans for 3 out of 4 people under age 50, and virtually everyone 65 and older.1 In most cases they are not painful.
Another diagnostic called a discogram can help identify which nerves are causing your pain. This information enables us to focus on treating your pain, not merely correcting anatomical issues.
Before we recommend surgery, we may devise a treatment plan that includes conservative therapy options, such as chiropractic care or pain management services. A minimally invasive procedure is an option when conservative treatments have failed AND back pain significantly affects your quality of life.
Finding Lasting Pain Relief
In truth, most of the people who come to Inspired Spine have been living with severe back or neck pain for years and have exhausted all non-surgical alternatives with little or no relief. Their pain still restricts their work, leisure and normal activities of everyday life. Many have turned to narcotic pain medication, as a last resort.
The Key to Easier Treatment and Faster Recovery
When surgery is required, our patients still get the benefit of the least invasive approach available. Inspired Spine has developed advanced minimally invasive “keyhole” techniques that allow us to treat even complex spinal conditions without the drawbacks of traditional open surgery.
Outpatient surgery is the norm
- Depending on your insurance coverage and type of procedure, your surgery may be performed in one of our partner hospitals or an Inspired Spine Ambulatory Surgery Center.
- Procedures as short as 45-minutes reduce surgical risk.
- Tiny incisions minimize scarring and lower the chance of infection to 0%.
- Most patients wake up in the recovery room feeling pain-free for the first time in years.
- 98% of our patients are walking within 2 to 24 hours after the procedure.
For up to 2 weeks after your surgery
- Take pain medication as needed.
- Abstain from driving until you are off all narcotic pain medication. Once off medications, you should be able to safely operate your vehicle again.
- Avoid bending or twisting your spine.
- No lifting more than 8 pounds for the first 2 weeks, then not over 16 pounds after that.
- Stick with “no sweat” activities, like walking.
- Follow our post-operative tips.
Expect to recover quickly
Most patients return to work and normal activities in 4 weeks or less – half the time of open back surgery.
Enjoy your life!
The purpose of Inspired Spine’s minimally invasive keyhole procedures is to get your life back to normal as quickly and easily as possible. Get back in your boat or on your bicycle. Hit the trail or the gym again. Play with your kids or play a few rounds. We want you to get back to the life you want, pain-free.