How will your life change after back surgery?

If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition that requires surgical treatment, you might find yourself concerned with how the results of the treatment impact the rest of your life. You have already lived for months or years with chronic, debilitating pain that has kept you from doing the activities that you love. What if this spine surgery doesn’t do anything to fix that pain? Or, even worse, what if you have more pain after the surgery than before?

Our caring team at Laser Spine Institute understands your concerns about back surgery. We have helped patients gather information about treatment options since our founding in 2005 and we have helped more than 75,000 people reclaim their lives from chronic neck and back pain. As you explore your treatment options, contact us today with any questions you may have, or if you’d like to learn more about our procedures, our state-of-the-art outpatient facilities and our board-certified surgeons.+

Goals and risks of back surgery

As a patient, it is important for you to research the possible risks and benefits of any surgical procedure before moving forward with a treatment option. You should also research the types of treatments available to you. For example, a traditional open spine surgery performed in a hospital setting may not be the only option available to you.

Unlike traditional open back procedures that require a large incision that cuts through muscles and soft tissue, minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute can be performed with a less than 1-inch incision. Our advanced medical technology and techniques allow our surgeons to perform decompression surgery and stabilization surgery while sparing the surrounding muscles or tissues. The result is less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional procedures.^

Life after back surgery

The goal of back surgery is to treat the spine condition and symptoms that have prevented you from living your life to the fullest. Many patients are able to return to their daily activities after surgery, though the recovery time is dependent on many factors, including the type of surgery performed.

During your recovery time, we encourage you to move around and get your muscles used to moving and working again. However, we also remind you that your spine condition may have forced you into an inactive lifestyle for a long time, and you should ease your way back into being active and moving around.

Before you undergo surgery at Laser Spine Institute, you and your Care Partner will receive information about what to expect during your recovery period and a guide to help you recover safely. You can always reach out to our team with more questions about the recovery process and your life after surgery. If you are currently going through recovery following a minimally invasive procedure at Laser Spine Institute, call our SPINE LINE with any questions.

If you have fully explored conservative treatments without finding relief, we are happy to offer a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.