Disc Surgery Faqs

Disc Surgery Faqs

So you’ve read up on disc surgery and hopefully had a discussion about your circumstances with your specialists.  You have some idea about what disc surgery entails but there are still some questions looming in the back of your mind.  As it turns out, you are not alone.  Surgery is not something to be taken likely and it is perfectly natural to have questions about the whole process.  Let’s have a look at some disc surgery FAQ’s.

Do I Really Need Surgery?

Chances are, if your specialist has recommended surgery, you do need to have it. They would only offer up surgery as a possibility if it was a last resort as surgery carries a certain amount of risk and wouldn’t be used to treat every case. If you have a bulging disc you are the most likely candidate for surgery. This is also true in the event of extreme pain that has not subsided through rest and treatment.

How Can I Avoid Disc Surgery?

If you are already at a point where surgery has been presented to you by your medical practitioner, the chances are good that you will not be able to avoid it due to pain and discomfort or immobility. However, there are ways to prevent yourself from getting to the point where surgery is basically your only option. It is important for you to keep your bones and cartilage strong by drinking milk and using low impact exercise as a tool.

Try not to twist or move your body in unnatural ways and be aware of putting strain on the back, particularly in short but severe bursts. Your overall health will help keep your discs healthy so try to avoid smoking and excessive substance abuse as this will have an effect. Also, there are a number of non-surgical treatments that can be successful in reducing strain. Posture is a major factor so it is important to keep your shoulders slightly back and avoid hunching.

How Can I Reduce Pain Post-Surgery?

In the case of post-pain surgery, it is likely that you will be given a course of painkillers with a strength that is appropriate for the level of pain that you are feeling. However, there are other ways in which you can try to minimise pain that are safe and effective. One of the best ways to do this is through making effective use of heat.

It will serve you to get a hot water bottle that can be placed within the small of the back or in between the legs. Warm baths and showers are also helpful as well as saunas and heated blankets. The most important part of reducing your pain after the operation, is managing to get enough physical rest. You need to be off your feet thus reducing pressure and allowing time and room for your body to recover. If you allow yourself to recuperate, you will see that your pain goes away much more quickly than if you force yourself to continue doing things.