FAQ Patient

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Please wait around 3 weeks when the incision wound is well healed before taking baths.

We will specify, but if in doubt, please ask.

The brace limits motion and helps support the back; giving your back muscles a break. This is often the cause of the relief felt.

Although this is usually comforting at first, long term use of the brace can lead to muscle wasting of the muscle that is your natural back support.

A: More important than the chronological age is the biological age! More and more surgeons tend to take biological age as a factor assessing surgical risk. Different tests can evaluate the function of the heart, lung, kidney, etc. Many complex cases can be done on even 80 or 90-year-old patients safely as my personal track record shows it. My job is to provide you with a realistic estimate of risks vs. benefits so you can make an informed decision. I will be very honest about it if the risks of the surgery in my opinion would outweigh the benefits of the surgery.

A: OLLIF stands for Oblique Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion and is a truly Minimally Invasive Interbody Spine Fusion. OLLIF is a revolutionary quantum leap in spine surgery – the first in Midwest. We perform this procedure in Alexandria and Crookston. The procedure is done with multiple incisions, each half-an-inch long and without cutting and separating the muscle from bone. This makes recovery much faster and brings you back to your regular life much faster than traditional open surgery.

Nerve Irritation After Surgery

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