Before recommending you for a medical or surgical treatment, your orthopedic surgeon must first find out the cause of your condition. The recommendation for the best treatment plan that works for you will be based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the disease, injury, or condition
  • Tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the disease, injury, or condition

We’ll review your medical history and inquire about anything that could affect the outcome of the surgery. This includes questions about existing medical conditions and allergies. You may also undergo laboratory tests, particularly if you have other medical conditions or problems. These may include blood tests, an electrocardiogram or EKG, and a chest X-ray.

  • Computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan.): a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images.
  • Electromyogram (EMG): a test to evaluate nerve and muscle function.
  • Ultrasound: a diagnostic technique which uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of vital elements.

The Sea Spine Orthopedic Institute’s goal is to help ensure that any complications (if they occur) after surgery are minimized or eliminated for all orthopedic patients. With the proper pre-surgical evaluation, many complications that are attributed to surgery may be prevented.


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