Important reading for anyone heading into spinal surgery
Many patients who are scheduled for spinal surgery work with their surgeon in terms of the proper amount of pain medications that are prescribed PRIOR to surgery. Then there should be discussions up front about the type of pain medication that you will receive DURING surgery
Most of the time, your doctor should have had the discussion with you regarding the discharge plan in terms of all medications, the do's/dont;s, physical therapy, etc. Based on the type of surgery, your surgeon might provide you with a 2 week, 3 week or 4 week supply of pain medications.
From that point on, the surgeon normally Discharges themselves from your case. This is pretty normal. The role of the surgeon is to perform the procedure to correct your medical condition. That is their primary focus. Ok, but what about you, the patient, 4, 5, 6 or more weeks after surgery. Who is going to provide you with the medications you need?????? WHAT NOW
That is a topic that needs to be discussed prior to going into surgery. You need to have a pain management doctor, a physiatrist or another doctor who will monitor your progress post surgery and prescribe medications as needed.
Too many people do not take care of that prior to surgery, and there are surgeons who really do not go into any details about this. I've talked to dozen's of surgeons and their staff. Prior to surgery, they should always have a surgical review where most of the above is discussed. All of them do include the need for having a doctor that will be with the patient after the surgeon's time period is over.
Do not wait until its too late. You will read countless threads here about members who have had surgery, then after a couple of weeks, their surgeon stops providing prescriptions. Then the member is left in pain, not knowing where to turn.
Don't get yourself into this situation. PLAN AHEAD And if your doctor doesn't mention tings like this, , but sure that you do!
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences