This is an interesting time, because a lot of elective surgeries are going to be postponed due to Coronavirus. I believe my option for surgery that I was given, is elective (replace 2 discs in neck due to severe and moderate stenosis). That being said, I have follow-up questions with the neurosurgeon and wondered if it is out of line for me to ask if I can due a "Teledoc" with him rather than come in for the appointment since it's not somewhere I *need* to be. As for my questions, I have the following, and wondered if anyone can chime in with some of their own that I may have missed:
1. Why are we replacing these discs?
2. Do they both get done at the same time?
3. Is this surgery considered a fix or just to slow the progress?
4. Will it keep me where I'm at today with my symptoms or will it improve/resolve them?
5. What is the success rate and your success rate of this surgery?
6. How long is recovery time?
7. What hospital is this procedure done in and how long is the stay in the hospital?
8. How long does the surgery take?
9. How long before I can go back to driving and all my other normal activities (physically active a lot in yoga, hockey, hiking, etc.)
10. Will I have full range of motion with the movement of my neck after surgery?
11. What will out of pocket cost of surgery be and how much does insurance cover?
12. Do I risk any paralysis with this surgery?
13. Do I risk any damage to vocal chords with this surgery?
14. How do I start the procedure to get this surgery scheduled?
15. How long do I have to decide if I want to proceed with this surgery?
16. Do I need another MRI if I wait too long?
17. Are there any medications necessary and how do they affect the liver? (I have liver disease)
18. Can I take my normal medications immediately after surgery is done?
This is all I have for now, please please feel free to list anything I may have missed so I can ask the neurosurgeon.