There are a number of misperceptions surrounding spinal surgery, but the one we hear most often is that it simply doesn’t “work.” Let’s think about that for a moment.

What does it mean to say surgery “works?” Are we referring to a full recovery? Are we talking about relief from pain, improved function, or preventing conditions from getting worse? There are a great variety of back conditions that require unique treatment. Saying that spinal surgery doesn’t work, does not take into account the variety of conditions, the variety of treatments and procedures, and the different prognoses for recovery.

Such misperceptions are not necessarily the individual’s fault: doctors, too, have a role in explaining the problem or condition in detail and being as clear as possible about the diagnosis, the surgery and what to expect from recovery. Effective communication with your physician is essential and will allow you to know what to expect throughout the recovery process.

Studies have shown that persons who are more informed about their condition and the recovery are more satisfied than those who do not fully understand what to expect. Informed patients communicate more clearly with their physicians, which in turn leads to more effective treatment. Seems pretty simple.

At Manhattan Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group, we pride ourselves on making sure our patients are informed and understand what surgery entails and what to expect as they pass through the stages of recovery. By avoiding confusion we make sure that our patients are comfortable and well-informed throughout their treatment.

If you’ve been feeling a little hesitant about seeing a doctor for your back pain or have some questions you’d like cleared up, go ahead and make an appointment with one of our conscientious spine specialists today. The only thing worse than a bad back is knowing that you could have done something about it but didn’t.

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