As a patient coming in for a new evaluation with our CNSO surgical team, you can expect a thorough and complete evaluation which will likely include review of any x-ray, MRI and CT images you have already had, a review of your medical history which is needed to address health issues such as diabetes and smoking so that you can have the best chance to have a smooth recovery after your surgery, and you may require new or updated imaging studies in order to plan your surgery. Candidates for surgery with robotics and navigation are selected based evaluation of their symptoms, whether surgical correction can likely achieve improvement of those symptoms, and working closely with primary doctors and pain management specialist to make sure that they are optimized for surgery and have been through the right non-surgical treatments before coming to a decision for surgery. For some severe cases, more urgent surgery is recommended and non-surgical options may be limited.
The recovery course for each patient will differ based on the type and magnitude of surgery that their specific problem requires. For most minimally invasive surgeries (MIS), the patient can go home either the day of surgery or the next morning. Patients requiring more extensive operations for scoliosis or kyphosis may require a 2-3 night hospital stay, or rarely, longer, to make sure that they have enough physical therapy and other needed resources in order to go home safely to the care of the family. After discharge from the hospital, follow up appointments will be scheduled on a routine basis and the office will arrange for any needed x-rays to be done on a case-by-case basis. Our providers at CNSO are available for postoperative follow-up care 24 hours a day to make sure that all of the patient’s needs are met. Many patients are pleasantly surprised at how quickly they are able to recover after undergoing minimally invasive surgery, which can even be done for select scoliosis and deformity surgeries if the patient meets the necessary criteria.