Understanding Your Procedure and Recovery

Making sure you understand your treatment plan and upcoming procedure is a critical success factor in your overall experience — and we’re here to help. The more you know about what’s expected of you, as a patient, and what you can anticipate post-procedure goes a long way to ease your mind and set you up for a successful recovery. Don't hesitate to lean on us, your family, and your friends for support as well. We all have a vested interest in your full and complete recovery.

What To Expect During Your Stay

While each of our physicians share a philosophy as it relates to neurosurgery, each procedure is different, along with the associated preparations and recovery resources. Prior to your procedure, you’ll receive a highly-detailed patient packet that clearly outlines everything you and your caretaker will need to know, including pre-procedure, day-of, post-surgery, and follow-up instructions.

Below you’ll find a list of commonly asked questions that you can expect answers to during your time at Barrow Brain and Spine. This list isn’t exhaustive, but is meant to act as a starter guide to drive productive and informative conversations with your care team. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have remaining questions prior to your procedure day.

Preparing For Your Procedure

The more prepared you are, the better you’ll feel. While anxiety is normal, we never want you to feel unprepared or uncertain. You and your care team will discuss the questions below prior to your procedure, and you’ll also receive a detailed patient packet.

However, you can expect answers to these common questions prior to your stay:

  • What are the things I can/can’t do prior to the procedure?
  • What about my medications? Dietary restrictions?
  • What pre-procedure recovery plans should I make?
  • How do I deal with insurance?
  • How far in advance should I start some of these preparations?

The Day of Your Procedure

The day of your procedure may seem like a whirlwind of activity and emotion, which is why we’re to help. One of our top concerns is ensuring you have everything you need to feel prepared. Again, you and your care team will discuss the questions below well in advance, and you’ll also receive a detailed patient packet.

However, you can expect answers to these common questions prior to your procedure:

  • What should I plan to bring? What shouldn’t I bring?
  • Who will handle my pre-operative tests?
  • Where will my family be during my procedure?
  • How long will my procedure last?
  • Are there any risk factors I should be aware of as it pertains to my procedure?

The Road to Recovery

The procedure may be done, but that’s only the first step. Recovery is just as important — sometimes more so. The more you know about your post-procedure journey, the better equipped you’ll be to ensure successful healing.

Your neurosurgeon and care team will discuss many of questions below in advance. Expect answers to these common questions prior to leaving the hospital or treatment center:

  • How long will I need to stay in the hospital/treatment center?
  • What recovery plans do I need to arrange?
  • How much will I need to rely on my family and other support caretakers after my procedure?
  • How long will I be in pain?
  • How long before I can get back to my everyday activities?
  • Will I need to participate in physical therapy?

Out of State & International Patient Resources

We see patients from all over the world and have a deep understanding of the needs of those traveling (sometimes long distances) for a procedure. Where will you stay upon arrival? When will you be able to travel post-procedure? We’re fully prepared to answer your questions and ensure you have everything you need to make confident and well-informed decisions about your care. Let us help you plan your visit.

Request an Appointment

As a Barrow patient, you can feel confident we’ll exhaust every avenue to arrive at a proper diagnosis and treatment plan customized specifically for you. Request an appointment online and our Patient Navigator will guide you through the next steps.

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