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Q: Do I need a referral to see Dr. Jatana?
A: Referrals are only needed if required by insurance.
Q: What kind of restrictions will I face after surgery?
A: While the specific instructions you will receive will vary depending on the procedure, in general, for spine surgeries, there are four main precautions: no bending, no lifting more than 10 pounds, no twisting and no straining. You may also be required to wear a brace to maintain immobility while healing. You must also wait a minimum of four weeks or until the incision is completely healed before submerging it a bath or hot tub.
Q: What should I expect on the day of my surgery?
A: This informational video will guide you through the surgery process.
Q: When is surgery an appropriate treatment?
A: Surgery is usually recommended when other more conservative treatments have failed to relieve symptoms. Surgery might also be required if a condition is causing nerve compression or if there are structural abnormalities present. Dr. Jatana suggests that patients consider a second opinion if needed.
Q: What should I expect during my first visit?
A: Either Dr. Jatana or his assistant will review your history, medical records and x-rays. They will conduct a complete examination and take x-rays if you have not had any done previously. They will also discuss your expectations regarding care and determine what treatment options might best fit your goals. The average new patient appointment can last anywhere from one to two hours.
Q: What should I bring with me to my first visit?
Q: What are the benefits of the artificial disc?
A: Generally speaking, those who receive artificial disc replacements return to activity sooner than traditional fusion patients. Also, because there is no need to harvest bone from the patient’s hip, there is no discomfort or recovery associated with a second incision site. Some of the overall benefits of artificial disc surgery include:
- Retains movement and stability of the spine
- Minimizes degeneration of surrounding segments
- No bone graft required
- Quicker recovery and return to work
- Less invasive and painful than a fusion
- Reduces pain associated with disc disease