Alternatives to lumbar back surgery

If you are looking for lower back pain relief, conservative treatment options and minimally invasive procedures can be desirable, safer and more effective alternatives to traditional open neck and back surgery. In fact, the right combination of nonsurgical treatments may help you avoid the need for lumbar back surgery.

Conservative treatments for lower back pain

There are a variety of conservative treatments for many conditions of the lower back, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs

Conservative treatments can also help to reduce symptoms caused by lower back issues. Common conservative treatment options include pain medication, physical therapy, stretching, low-impact exercise and hot/cold compresses. More targeted pain management techniques such as prolotherapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and cortisone injections may also help to relieve symptoms like pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and/or the lower extremities.

When trying the above treatment options, maintain good communication with your doctor. Let your doctor know which treatments have worked and which ones haven’t. Also, keep track of the time of day and how many times throughout the day you administer treatments, and if any treatments cause you pain. Consider spine surgery only after trying the above nonsurgical therapies for at least three to six months.

Minimally invasive lumbar back procedures

If highly invasive traditional open spine surgery does not seem like a viable option for you, we invite you to look at the minimally invasive alternatives available here at Laser Spine Institute, including transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) and lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF). These procedures can help to stabilize the spine and provide pain relief.

If you have a severe spine condition, we invite you to learn more about our minimally invasive outpatient procedures that offer a number of benefits for patients experiencing nerve compression caused by degenerative spine conditions.

All of our minimally invasive procedures carry the following benefits:

  • Outpatient procedures
  • Use of a small incision
  • Muscle-sparing techniques spread muscles without cutting

No matter what your treatment history has been, we treat many spine conditions at our center. Our goal is give you our highest level of patient care.

Learn more about your options

To learn more about the minimally invasive treatments offered at Laser Spine Institute, call a member of our Care Team today. We have helped more than 75,000 patients since 2005 and want to make sure you have all the information you need to explore all of the treatment options available to you, that will help you return to your daily activities.