If you’ve just found out that you’re going to have spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis, take a deep breath. It’s not an easy thing to go through, but it’s bearable and totally worth it in the end. If you had any pain before surgery, after you heal you won’t have to deal with that pain ever again. Plus, your spine will be much straighter after surgery and your overall health will be improved.
1Find out everything you can about the procedure. As stated above, spinal fusion surgery is not an easy thing to go through. You need to prepare yourself mentally as well as physically. Knowing everything you can about the procedure helps tremendously. Ask your doctor as many questions as you can think of, read up about it online, and try to get in contact with someone who actually has undergone the procedure. A great website to get in contact with adolescents with scoliosis is Spine kids. (note: spine kids has closed its doors, but can be found on Facebook) It is such an amazing website! Adults should check out the National Scoliosis Foundation.
2Before surgery, you may be asked to donate some of your own blood to be given back to you after the surgery. If so, you’ll probably be asked to take some iron tablets. If you do take them, make sure to add fiber to your diet. As embarrassing as it sounds, iron tablets tend to make you constipated.