Why do People Wait to Have Spine Surgery?

Category: Spine Surgery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: May 18, 2015

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Spine surgery can help patients with back pain return to a pain free life. But many are hesitant to undergo surgery – for many reasons. In this article, we will discuss some of the common reasons why patients decide to delay their minimally invasive spine surgery.

Is Surgery the Best Treatment Option?

First of all, it is important to note that spine surgery is not the best treatment method for each and every patient. For a variety of reasons, certain patients will respond better to conservative treatments like injections, physical therapy, and pain medication. Patients who are too old, or who have other medical conditions may not be good candidates for a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Others may simply find the pain relief they are looking for in conservative methods, thus making surgery unnecessary. That being said, spine surgery can be a great help to many patients, providing long-term support and pain relief.

Reasons for Delaying Surgery

Even though surgery is not always the best treatment option for every patient, let’s say your doctor has recommended it as the best course of action. In this situation, is there any legitimate reason to delay a procedure? In short, yes. Any of the following can be legitimate reasons to delay a recommended minimally invasive surgery:

  • Nerves & Anxiety – Surgery is a scary thing for most patients. Many are cautious to go under the knife because they are anxious. Rest assured, this is very normal. Your physician can help alleviate your fears and make you comfortable and at-ease.
  • Pregnancy – Generally it is not recommended that a patient undergo spine surgery while pregnant unless it is absolutely necessary (i.e. a life-threatening scenario).
  • Other Life Events – Sometimes other important events, such as a wedding, funeral, or vacation will prompt a patient to put off their surgery until a more convenient time.

Every patient is different. If your physician has recommended you for spine surgery, consider all of your options before making a decision. Talk with your surgeon and inform them of any additional complications or events you have coming up so you can find the best time for your procedure.

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