Lower back operation

A lower back operation is used to help treat the lower back pain caused by several different lumbar spine conditions, such as a herniated disc or sciatica.

Many adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. This pain can be temporary, caused by a minor injury from lifting or bending incorrectly, or chronic, caused by the development of a spine condition.

What causes lower back pain?

The lower back is especially vulnerable to injury because it supports much of our body weight and is heavily involved when we twist, turn, bend or arch our backs. As a result, the lumbar region of the spine sustains wear and damage, resulting in painful conditions like bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and lumbar spinal stenosis.

These degenerative spine conditions can result in the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Limited mobility
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Burning sensation

These symptoms can originate in the lower back and travel down the buttocks, legs and feet if the nerve compression is severe.

When is a lower back operation necessary?

While a lower back operation can be effective in treating these conditions, doctors typically recommend that conservative treatment options are tried before surgery.

A physical therapy routine can help restore strength and flexibility to the muscles and ligaments surrounding your spine, potentially relieving painful compression. Mild exercise, combined with periods of rest, can also help the lower back stay healthy. Taking over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, can also be part of an effective treatment plan.

If oral medications do not prove effective, your doctor may suggest spinal injections. Commonly known as an epidural injection because it is delivered in the epidural space, which is the outermost layer of the spinal cord, a steroid injection can help to relieve spine-related pain for short periods of time, which may be helpful if you need relief while trying to embark on a physical therapy routine.

For many, these conservative treatments are an effective method of pain relief. However, if you do not find relief with these techniques, a lower back operation may be recommended by your doctor as a treatment option. If you are facing the decision of a lower back operation, contact Laser Spine Institute for information about our minimally invasive spine surgery as an alternative to traditional open back procedures.

Our board-certified surgeons+ can access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision and other muscle-sparing techniques, allowing for an outpatient experience and many benefits to our patients. To learn more, contact us today.

We’re happy to provide you with a free MRI review* to help you learn if you may be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.