And we’re gonna discuss with you that this is a surgical procedure where we would put you to sleep, we will put a tube down your throat, a machine will be working for you during that time, an anesthesiologist will be monitoring you during that time.
And make sure that they understand that not only are the risks and complications associate with the said procedure, but there’s also risks and complications associated with just putting you to sleep. And again, that is our job collectively as a team to make sure not only the treatment is correct as far as surgery, but the patient is safe to proceed with the operation.
You go to the hospital, you have the procedure, you might be in the hospital for 23 hours, you might be in the hospital for 72 hours. The length of stay in the hospital is depending, of course not only upon the procedure that we have recommended or performed, but it’s also based upon you medically.
So, somebody that may have a simple procedure such as a micro-discectomy, where you’re just removing a piece of the hernia that fragmented toward the fragment that broke off, that person may stay sometimes is an outpatient, sometimes only several hours, we may keep that patient in the hospital overnight. That person, however will not go home until they are medically safe to go home.
And that is the same thing that holds through with even the longer or the larger operation such as a fusion. Those individuals traditionally will stay in the hospital for two or three nights. Depending on the fusion maybe only one or two nights, but if we’re referring to a low back or a lumbar fusion, a more common operation that we do, most patients would spent the night in the hospital two to three nights depending on the physician, depending on the procedure, again, that might be more, that might be less.