FAQ for Patients
FIRST APPOINTMENT AND INTERACTIONS WITH THE OFFICE
No, it does not mean you will need surgery. Most spine conditions are not going to kill or paralyze you. In fact, Dr. Nesterenko is a very conservative surgeon. Meaning, he will try every possible treatment to improve your condition without surgery. At every point, we will discuss with you what the best option is and make any decisions together.
There are no strict requirements. We will see you regardless of available imaging or additional studies.
However, some medical documentation is critical for us to serve you. To avoid any delays in decision-making, we ask that you bring all of your previous imaging and diagnostic studies (both images and radiology reports). Please, bring images on compact discs to be downloaded to our computer system.
If you had previous injections, we need to have the procedure notes.
The same goes with any spine surgeries: please bring the surgical reports.
Other important studies include: bone density scans, EMG/nerve conduction.
Bring previous health documentation and images. You can request them from your medical office. ;
Not as a rule. Typically we only prescribe narcotic medications in early postoperative period.
We encourage that you come with either your family or friends. Large amounts of information may be overwhelming. Having someone else with you may help you make the right decisions.
If you are a surgical candidate, we request that you come to a preoperative appointment (usually two weeks before surgery) with family. It is as important for them to understand what to expect as it is for you.
- Pain after surgery usually lasts three-to-five days, while inflammation subsides.
- Physical therapy will try and mobilize you as soon after surgery as possible; sometimes the same day, if the operation was done in the morning.
- If you didn’t have spine fusion, your activities will be only limited by discomfort. In cases of fusion, however, we ask that you don’t do Bending, heavy Lifting, and Twisting for three months, while the fusion heals. Remember: no BLT for three months.