Risks and Postoperative Aspects of Spine Surgery – Dr. Anil Kesani
Dr. Anil Kumar Kesani explains that a critical part of any patient that is considering undergoing spine surgery is that they understand the risks and postoperative aspects of spine surgery. Patients should be familiar with the preoperative process, details of the surgical procedure and the postoperative protocol or expectations.
Anil Kesani, M.D. is a Texas-based spinal surgeon who founded SpineMD in North Richland Hills, Tarrant County close in between the Dallas Fort Worth area who offers a variety of surgical treatment options including minimally invasive spine surgery techniques to treat neck and back issues.
To start with, to understand the risks and postoperative aspects of spine surgery, patients need to understand their spine problem that is leading to their debilitating symptoms. The preoperative requirements or expectations before surgery such as obtaining vital tests such as blood work, chest X-Ray and seeing their primary care physician as well as appropriate specialists to evaluate if they are safe to undergo surgery. Understand the basic concept of the surgical procedure as well as the postoperative or after surgery requirements and expectations such as lifting restrictions and brace use. Lifting is gradually increased to a point where physical therapy can begin and accelerate recovery.
In addition, patients need to be aware of the risks and postoperative aspects of spine surgery associated with the particular spine surgical procedure that they are choosing to undergo. Among the more common complications of the spine following surgery are bleeding, infection, and hematoma, with the latter involving an area of blood that collects around the larger blood vessels. These types of issues can typically be treated quickly and without serious complications arising. More uncommon complications include hardware misplacement and failure, nerve or spinal cord injury, and cerebrospinal fluid leaks. These issues may potentially require undergoing a further surgical procedure in order to correct.
Having this knowledge during the surgical process is key for patients to make decisions that are best for them and to engage in the recovery process optimally.
Describing the process of spinal surgery in a SpineMD YouTube video, Anil Kesani, MD, addresses patients who find it challenging living with disabling pain symptoms.