What should I tell my doctor before cervical foraminotomy?

There are multiple aspects you will need to discuss with your doctor before undergoing cervical foraminotomy.

Cervical foraminotomy aims at improving patient quality of life; that is why most people who undergo the procedure experience a significant reduction in pain and other associated symptoms.

To help your doctor assess the possible risks that might arise from cervical foraminotomy, you need to provide the following information:

  • the medications you are currently taking
  • any allergies you have
  • any conditions you suffer from (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.)
  • any previous health issues (blood clots, heart attacks, fractures, etc.)
  • a complete list of the surgical procedures you've undergone so far

Helpful information to have before cervical foraminotomy

Before undergoing the procedure, make sure you understand some of the most critical related aspects, such as:

  • reasons for having the surgery
  • risks and complications
  • benefits and long-term expectations
  • the entire process of the operation
  • the qualifications of the person performing the procedure
  • surgery preparation and activities to avoid
  • postoperative care instructions, medication, and therapy
  • duration of hospital stay and recovery

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