Operations to relieve back pain

A back pain operation may seem like a logical choice if you are one of the millions of people who experience the debilitating pain of a spine condition. When symptoms of back pain, such as numbness, tingling, weakness or the inability to move, normally disrupt your daily life, surgery is often a solution that patients consider.

If you are suffering from chronic debilitating back pain, you should consult your doctor about the types of treatment options available to you. Many patients think that a back operation, or spine surgery, is the only available treatment to relieve their pain and symptoms. However, a very large number of conditions can be treated through conservative methods, such as physical therapy and chiropractic care.

However, if you have tried a number of conservative treatments for months and have not found any lasting pain relief, you should consult your doctor about a surgical treatment option to help you get back to your daily activities and hobbies. You can also contact the team at Laser Spine Institute to learn more about your condition and the treatment options available to you.

Options for back surgery

Back surgery is used to treat a variety of conditions, including spinal arthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs or bulging discs. These conditions usually occur naturally with the aging process that makes spinal anatomy less able to withstand the pressure it is placed under every day. This continual compression can lead to the displacement of spinal anatomy and the compression of nervous tissue that is tightly packed into the spinal column.

If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions and have exhausted conservative treatment options, it is important to be aware of the surgical options available, including both traditional open spine surgery and minimally invasive procedures. A traditional open spine back pain operation can take several forms. Your specialist may recommend:

  • Discectomy — which is the removal of part of or the entire affected disc
  • Laminotomy — which is aimed at relieving pressure on neural tissue by removing part of the thin wall of the spinal canal
  • Foraminotomy — which removes spinal anatomy that is constricting the small openings that allow nerve roots to exit the spinal column

During a traditional open back surgery, the surgeon will make a large incision down the spine, cutting through the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. Patients are typically required to stay two or three extra days in the hospital for monitored postoperative recovery.

Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive spine surgery offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ Our surgeons use muscle-sparing techniques that allow for an outpatient procedure and many other benefits to our patients. We offer two main types of minimally invasive surgery: decompression and stabilization. Our minimally invasive decompression surgery removes a small portion of a disc or vertebra, while our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is an alternative to spinal fusion that involves an implant to stabilize the spine.

If you’d like to learn more and find out if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures, ask a member of our team for your no-cost MRI review today.*