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Having a consultation with a spine surgeon can be overwhelming. You probably have a lot of questions and want to make sure you leave with a clear understanding of your diagnosis, treatment options, and next steps. Here is a list of the five things we recommend taking to your spine surgeon consultation:

  1. List of questions for your surgeon. Prepare a list of questions to ask during your consultation. We have a list of 10 questions to ask your surgeon before back surgery that can be a great starting point.
  2. List of alternative/conservative treatments. Like most chronic back and leg pain sufferers, you’ve probably tried a number of alternative or conservative treatments before consulting a surgeon. Take a list of all the treatments you’ve tried, how they helped (or didn’t), and how long you tried them. This gives your surgeon a baseline for understanding the best next steps in your treatment.
  3. Medical history. Similar to the list of alternative/conservative treatments, your medical history will be valuable for a surgeon to understand your overall health and other issues that could be contributing to your chronic back or leg pain.
  4. Medical images. Chances are, by the time you consult a specialist about back surgery, you’ve already had imaging of your spine completed. Bring copies of images from x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs that other healthcare providers have ordered. This will help your surgeon determine what additional imaging may be needed.
  5. Support person. Making the decision to talk to a spine surgeon to treat your chronic back or leg pain is a significant step in your journey. Your mind could be preoccupied on your drive home. A support person can help you process your conversation with your surgeon and get you home safely.

We hope this list will help you go into your consultation focused and prepared to get the most out your time with the surgeon.

As with any medical condition, individual experiences will vary from patient to patient. Since this information is intended for informational purposes only, it is important that it doesn’t replace the relationship you have with your healthcare provider. Be sure to consult your healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

SOURCE: http://www.thebetterwayback.org/the-back-beat-blog/5-things-to-take-to-your-spine-surgeon-consultation/

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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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