September 1, 2020 How to Prepare for Spine Surgery While surgery is always the last resort when it comes to treating spine disorders, it is often the best path to wellness – some back problems simply do not respond to medication or physical therapy. Your spine surgeon takes great care to provide the best possible outcome of your spine surgery; you can also take steps ahead of the procedure to get the most out of your spine surgery. Get Ready for Spine Surgery in 4 Easy Steps 1. Learn about the Spine Surgery Procedure Learn as much as you can about your spine condition, the surgical procedure, and recovery – the more you know, the better you can prepare and the less anxiety you will experience. Ask for brochures and information sheets from your doctor. Your surgeon’s website can also be a good source of information. Write a list of questions to ask your spine surgeon prior to the procedure. 2. Secure a Support Team Depending on which procedure you undergo, you may need a little help for the first few days or weeks following surgery. If you live alone, ask a friend or neighbor to check in on you every day or two. 3. Prepare Your Home Preparing your home prior to surgery can make the recovery process easier. Put frequently used items, such as toiletries, clothes, plates, and utensils, on top of counters or dressers to make them easier to reach. Consider getting a toilet riser to make it easier to get on and off the toilet, and slip-on shoes to avoid bending down to tie your shoes; look for a commercial “reacher” or “grabber” to help you pick up items from the floor or cabinet. Purchase prepared foods and paper plates to reduce cooking and cleaning duties. Determine where you will spend most of your time – it may be your bed or a recliner – and arrange tables and televisions to improve comfort and convenience. 4. Follow Pre-surgical Instructions Follow pre-surgical instructions provided to you by your spine surgeon, especially those regarding eating, drinking, and medications. Let your surgeon know if you were unable to follow any of the steps. For more information on how to prepare for spine surgery, consult your surgical team at Spine and Orthopedic Specialist of Tulsa at (918) 286-3124.