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 1.  Spine surgery requires months of recovery and I won’t be able to work for quite some time. 

 In today’s age of modern spine surgery, this is just not true. The use of minimally invasive techniques allows for smaller incisions and minimizes muscle trauma, significantly reducing post-operative pain and complications. Recovery time is considerably shortened and many patients are able to go home the same day. More extensive procedures may require a few days in the hospital, but patients are usually out of bed and walking the day after surgery.

Time off from work varies based on the type of surgery and your duties at work. Many minimally invasive procedures allow patients to return to work within one to two weeks after surgery.  Consult with your surgeon to determine the exact time off needed before you can return to work safely. You will like be surprised at how little time you need to recover 

2.  I may never be able to walk after spine surgery.  

While there are risks involved with every surgical procedure, the risks for complications are significantly lower with today’s advanced techniques and technologies. Changes in the field of spine surgery have eliminated many of the concerns of the past. Our fellowship trained, board certified orthopaedic spine surgeons have spent years mastering spinal anatomy, as well as the safest, most innovative, least invasive surgical techniques.

 3.  The pain of surgery will be worse than the pain of living with the condition. 

 This is just simply not true.  Spine surgery is much more precise than ever before, especially when minimally invasive techniques are used.  Incisions are far smaller so there is less trauma to nerves and muscle requiring much less time to heal. All spine surgeries are performed under general anesthesia where you will essentially be asleep and experience no pain for the entire surgery.  There are many techniques we use during surgery to help minimize any post-operative pain.  One such technique is the gentle handling of soft tissues during wound closure.  Another is injecting long acting local anesthetics into your muscles, soft tissues, and skin which is allows for less pain. 

The best cure for back pain is getting the right diagnosis. A spine specialist can evaluate you and discuss effective, recognized treatment options that can reduce or eliminate your back pain and get you back to your life and the activities you enjoy.

We recognize that the idea of spinal surgery can be fearful and intimidating.  We are therefore always available to spend as much time as needed to go over your condition, the recommended procedure and any associated risks, as well as any alternatives to surgery

Written By:
Daniel E. Choi, MD

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon 

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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