According to the doctors, rehab is designed to strengthen a patient.  Furthermore, rehab also educates patients about back safety and precautions they should take until they are ready to not wear the back brace.

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Prior to Surgery

When it comes to the very best, Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute’s board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic doctors, Richard Hostin, MD, Devesh Ramnath, MD, Ishaq Y. Syed, MD, Shyam Kishan, MD, and Kathryn Wiesman, MD , have years of experience treating thousands of patients with complex spine problems.  In order to make sure we have everything in order for your upcoming surgery, we have devised a list of tests and appointments needed prior to surgery. In addition, our staff will guide you through the pre-surgery process.

Prior to surgery, the doctor will examine you to ensure that you are healthy enough for your spine surgery.  Also, our staff can help you make arrangements for your testing, which may include:

  • Chest X-ray, EKG, bloodwork (mandatory)
  • Cardiac stress test or lung function test
  • Imaging tests (MRI, CT scan, etc.)
Woman in Rehabilitation

Upon Admission to Inpatient Rehabilitation:

  • We will evaluate your medical condition
  • Then the medical team along with you and your family will determine the estimated length of stay.  This will be formulated based on clinical assessments (these are done on a weekly basis if needed)
  • Then, your doctor will include an internal medicine consult, a wound care management team, and any specific patient therapies needed 
  • Accordingly, the patient will participate in three hours of therapy each day while in the hospital

Upon Discharge from Rehabilitation:

  • You will usually go directly to your physician’s office for a follow-up
  • Then you will need someone to pick you up and drive you to this appointment
  • At your first or second post operative office visit, your doctor will prescribe additional physical therapies if needed.  
  • Also, the rehab team will give you a home exercise program to follow

If you or a loved one suffers from spinal pain, you owe it to yourself to call Southwest Scoliosis and Spine Institute at 214-556-0555 to make an appointment.