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Caironerev_1111afinalIf your parents had bad backs, you may too. Many back related issues are genetic and can be seen in several family members. Getting older is another reason for pain that may finally force you to realize it’s time to consider surgery. Dr. Stephen Cairone, an Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Mary Health, says if you can no longer run with the kids, walk a few blocks and enjoy life the way you used to, it may be time to consider an operation.

When it’s time for surgery, he suggests you find out who will be doing the operation. Meet with that person and make sure he or she will be available for you before and after the procedure. Find out what you can expect in terms of pain, length of hospitalization and the rehabilitation that will be required. You also want to find out how long it will take to get you back to your normal life.

Don’t be surprised if after one successful surgery, you need another operation in the future. He says degeneration can continue as you age, leading to additional problems that send you back to the doctor’s office