Surgical Options

Surgery for back pain is considered only when non-surgical options have failed and when the doctor can pinpoint the source of your pain. Causes for which your doctor may suggest surgery include a severely pinched nerve, a compressed spinal cord or an instability in the spine. Some symptoms that may indicate to doctors that you may want to consider surgery include nerve damage that may show itself through pain radiating down the legs or arms; pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the arms or legs; or a loss of bowel or bladder control. Some chronic forms of low back pain sometimes cannot be treated with surgery. 

Back surgery is used for these conditions:

  • Herniated disk
  • Disk degeneration
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing)
  • Fractures
  • Infections or tumors
  • Spinal deformity

Benefits of a minimally invasive spine procedure

Back surgery techniques are improving. Your doctor may be able to use less invasive surgery techniques. Generally, the benefits of a minimally invasive spine procedure are:

  • Tiny incision
  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal risk of damage to muscles, bone, nerves or blood vessels
  • The normal structure of the disk is maintained
  • Less pain after the procedure
  • Rapid recovery

It’s important to talk with your doctor about your options for surgery and other treatments.

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