Spine program in Ventura County, California

Los Robles Regional Medical Center is devoted to providing the best spine surgery and treatment. In order to prepare for your procedure, we provide you with tips and information that will assist you with your spinal recovery.

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Our program team can answer your specific questions about the surgery, help you find a surgeon or discuss any additional questions that you may have.

Call our Spine Program at (805) 370-4694 or use our Spine Program Contact Us Form to submit a question online.

Spine Program Contact Us Form

Your surgery requires a concise physical exam and health history review by your family physician. Any questions or concerns regarding your surgical procedure may be addressed at this time. Results of this exam will be sent to the hospital and your spine surgeon's office.

Pre-admission interview and testing

One of our team members will call you for a pre-surgical health assessment prior to your surgery based on your physician's orders They will review and update any necessary information related to your spine surgery.

In order to complete the pre-surgical process, your physician will order all of the tests that you will need to complete prior to surgery. Tests may include blood work, EKGs and chest x-rays.

Pre-operative education

When you and your physician decide the time for your surgery, we offer you a comprehensive program tailored to your needs. Our pre-operative educational video will provide information, such as:

  • Understanding your spinal procedure
  • Preparation for surgery
  • Day-of-surgery expectations
  • Discharge instructions
  • Recovery process
  • Common terminology

Once you have completed the video course, please complete the back pain questionnaire or the neck pain questionnaire. You only need to complete the questionnaire that is specific to your case.

Frequently asked questions

At Los Robles Regional Medical Center, we believe in educating our patients when it comes to surgical procedures and treatment. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding our spine program and spine surgery.

How long will I be in the hospital after my surgery?

Most hospital stays after spine surgeries are about one to four days. Your discharge is based on your procedure and your individual progress. There are certain goals you will need to meet to ensure that you are ready to go home safely. You will be given discharge instructions based on your individual recovery progress.

How long will it be before I can return to my normal activities?

Because every surgery and every patient is different, your doctor can best assess when you can safely return to activities such as driving, lifting objects, physical labor, etc.

Will I need special equipment at home after my surgery?

During your hospital stay, the physical or occupational therapy staff will assess your equipment needs and make recommendations. Potential needs might include assistive devices such as a walking aid, a reacher, a sock aid and a shoehorn.

Will I have pain after my surgery?

Most people experience pain following spine surgery. Everyone has a different perception of and tolerance to that pain. Pain control is important for healing and rehabilitation, and your comfort is a top priority for your physician and staff at Los Robles Regional Medical Center. Remember, your physician and nurses will work closely with you to assess and manage your pain.