This is a topic that I have discussed many time with my wife, some of my doctor friends and the therapists where I go from my Aquatic therapy.
For the most part, when you require spinal surgery, your doctor (Neurosurgeon or Orthopedic Surgeon) talks to you about the surgery, the recovery process, etc. Then they go in and do their work. The prescribed their view of allotted pain medications and write a script for some Physical Therapy.
But for many of these doctors, that is the end of their relationship with you as the patient.
To me that is wrong and needs to be revamped. When you first have surgery and are in the beginning stages of recovery, the concentration is on your pain and getting back to some form of normal life. People around you can see you are in pain, either by your face, a cane, a neck brace, a back brace, etc.
Now after a while all those physical signs of evidence disappear. People can no longer look at you and say
Oh, I know that person just had spinal surgery
Instead many of us have to climb into a dark hole because many others dont know what we are going through. We look normal!, therefore we should act normal?
A post made by Lisa the other day really struck a chord with me because it does speel out things clearly. Unless people, even children can see the physical pain you are in (canes, etc) it many times goes un-noticed.
Now here is where I believe some parts of the medical field have failed us. They can address all the physical aspects of what is going to happen, but what about the emotional part? What about the stress, the tears, the feeling of hopelessness, where does all of that come into play?
Many surgeons never get to see their patients at that point.
So who should be helping here? Is it up to us? Maybe yes, but that means we need to recognize a problem and then finding just another doctor to address this. Why couldn't the original doctor realize this? After all they have done so many surgeries and the post surgical trauma is nothing new. This may sound very cold, but it was straight from a surgeon I know... Yes, this is a problem, but its not mine! I did my job, someone else has to do theres!
So it seems like its our job to fix ourselves from the emotional turmoil we may be going through. Thats like telling a drug addict to understand their problem and deal with it.
I dont have an answer and I am sure that many of these things boil down to money.
Wealth maybe nice, but I would take Health over that any day.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences