What to Expect During Your First Spine Surgery Consultation

Dr Michael R Wheeler, MD fully understands that facing spine surgery can be an overwhelming experience. We are here to guide you through the process and provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions about your spine health. In this article, we will walk you through what to expect during your first spine surgery consultation, ensuring you are well-prepared for this important step in your treatment journey.

Understanding the Purpose of the Consultation

The first spine surgery consultation is a crucial meeting between you and Dr. Wheeler. Its primary purpose is to assess your condition, evaluate your medical history, and determine the most appropriate treatment options for your specific needs. This consultation serves as an opportunity for you to ask questions, express concerns, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the recommended surgical procedure.

Gathering Medical History and Diagnostic Tests

During the consultation, Dr. Wheeler will begin by gathering your history. This information is vital as it helps the surgeon assess the factors contributing to your condition and determine the best course of action. Additionally, you may be required to undergo certain diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans. These tests provide the surgeon with a detailed view of your spine, aiding in the accurate diagnosis of your condition.

Dallas Spine Specialist Dr Michael Wheeler MD
Dallas Spine Specialist Dr Michael Wheeler MD

Dr. Wheeler will spend time with you going over your tests. He will pull up your images, and explain to you exactly why you are having the symptoms that you are having. He will take the time to draw pictures, and make sure that the patient understands their condition. Dr. Wheeler believes that the more educated that the patient is on their condition, that it will help them work as a team to figure out the best course of action.

Discussion of Symptoms and Pain Management

To ensure a successful treatment, it is essential for Dr. Wheeler to understand the symptoms you are experiencing. You will have the opportunity to discuss your pain levels, any limitations in movement, and the impact your condition has on your daily life. This open dialogue allows Dr. Wheeler to tailor the treatment plan to address your specific needs effectively.

Explanation of Surgical Options and Risks

Once your medical history, diagnostic tests, and symptoms have been evaluated, Dr. Wheeler will explain the various surgical and nonsurgical options available to you. Dr. Wheeler will discuss the benefits, potential risks, and expected outcomes of each procedure, empowering you to make an informed decision regarding your treatment. It is important to ask questions and seek clarification on any concerns you may have. Dr. Wheeler will provide detailed explanations and address any anxieties you may be feeling.

Preparing for the Surgery

If you decide to proceed with spine surgery, Dr. Wheeler will guide you through the necessary preparations. This may involve lifestyle modifications, such as quitting smoking or adjusting certain medications. You may also receive instructions on pre-operative tests, fasting guidelines, and any required physical examinations. Your surgeon and their team will provide you with a comprehensive pre-operative plan to ensure you are fully prepared for the surgery.

What to Bring to the Consultation

To make the most of your first spine surgery consultation, it is important to bring certain items with you. These may include:

  1. Medical records and previous test results (including the CD of previous MRI or CT scans if you have them)
  2. A complete list of current medications you are taking
  3. Insurance information and identification documents
  4. A list of questions and concerns you would like to discuss

Bringing these items will help facilitate a smooth and productive consultation, allowing your surgeon to have all the necessary information at hand.

The Importance of Follow-Up Appointments

Following the initial consultation, Dr Wheeler will schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any post-operative concerns. These appointments are crucial for ensuring proper healing and successful recovery. It is important to attend these appointments as scheduled and communicate any changes in your condition or concerns you may have. Dr Michael R Wheeler, MD and his team are there to support you every step of the way.


Dallas Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
Dr Michael R Wheeler, MD
Orthopedic Spine Specialist Procedures