Proper Patient Education Lessens Spine Surgery Anxiety

spine surgery anatomy, laminotomy model

Say the words spine surgery to a potential candidate for a procedure and you’re bound to get a reaction that includes panic and anxiety, doubts, and plenty of other emotions mixed in as well. The prospect of any surgery is fright-inducing, but when it involves your spine – that series of vertebrae that is important to so many functions – it can be especially stressful.

Hence, no one envies the spine specialist who has to present the idea of spine surgery to his or her patient. It’s a task that’s likely to be met with plenty of hesitation, even if the patient is suffering greatly from pain caused by some sort of spinal dysfunction. They may ask for a second opinion (that’s okay!) and will likely want an in-depth explanation as to why the doctor thinks spine surgery is warranted. Furthermore, once the decision is made to proceed with the surgery, most patients – though not all – will want all the details as to the procedure being recommended.

Knowledge relieves fear. It may not make it disappear totally, but the anxiety will certainly diminish as the patient becomes more familiar with the spine surgery he or she is facing. Furthermore, accurate, clear knowledge is essential. Think about the person who goes to Dr. Google to learn about their spine surgery and the condition it’s addressing. Chances are their fear won’t lessen; it’ll grow. That’s because they’re getting droves of information from a variety of sites, some written by professionals and others written by – well – just about anyone! This is not the kind of education one should have before surgery.

Proper information about a spine surgery procedure should come from you, their specialist! And in order to relay this information, you’ll need the proper tools. When you were a student, how did you learn about the spine? You probably had some hands-on cadaver experience but, otherwise, you probably learned from text books, posters, and maybe some static models. Today, however, there are additional higher-quality tools available to explain the specifics of all kinds of spine surgery, specifically the fully-movable 3D spine models created and manufactured by Dynamic Disc Designs.

Discectomy Demonstrator LxH Model

Anatomical Spine Model

Dr. Jerome Fryer of Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd) is a spine specialist and, as such, his clever, accurate models have been touted as the best spine education tools on the market. He spent years of his practice frustrated by the “tools of the trade”, so to speak, and – as a result – devised spine models that he knew would provide his patients with a better understanding of the inner workings of their lumbar and cervical spines. His more than two dozen models are making their way into the offices of spine surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, and other specialists around the world, and many fans of the ddd product are using the models to put patients’ minds at ease.

“Your Professional LxH Model is the most detailed and useful spinal disc model I have ever encountered,” says endoscopic spine surgeon, Dr. Anthony T. Yeung. “It illustrates not only the normal anatomy of a Lumbar disc segment, but its innervation, pathoanatomy of annular tears, and how the tear progresses to disc herniation when the spine is loaded in flexion and extension. This model is extremely valuable in helping me explain my patient’s pain and how I plan to address the pathoanatomy with my endoscopic minimally invasive techniques.”

Check out the many models available from Dynamic Disc Designs and choose the ones that will be most helpful to the patients you encounter in your spine care practice.

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