Exploring back surgery for degenerative spine conditions

If you constantly feel the pain and symptoms of a pinched nerve in the back from a spine condition, you’ve probably given some thought to the back surgery options available to you. These spine conditions, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, can cause debilitating pain that keeps you from living the life you enjoy.

Of course, your first option is probably to find pain relief without having to undergo back surgery. For many patients, conservative methods of treatment are an effective way to manage the pain and symptoms of a back condition. These treatments should always be recommended and monitored by your doctor, and often include a combination of the following:

  • Pain medication
  • Rest
  • Weight loss
  • Physical therapy
  • Yoga and stretches
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Corticosteroid injections

Minimally invasive or open back surgery?

If conservative treatment has proven ineffective after several weeks or months, your doctor may begin to discuss your back surgery options with you. There are two general back surgery options available for patients with a severe spine condition: traditional open back surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. While both types of procedure have potential risks and benefits, minimally invasive spine surgery is an option with many advantages.

Before you decide which back surgery option is right to treat your degenerative condition, research what is entailed in both methods.

  • Traditional open back surgery —This procedure uses a larger incision that cuts through the muscles surrounding the spine. Because of this highly invasive incision, patients have a higher risk of complications and a longer recovery time.
  • Minimally invasive procedures — The minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute uses a smaller incision, sometimes no more than one inch in length. This small incision reduces the risk of complication and shortens the recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine surgery. Because our procedures are performed in an outpatient surgery center, patients have a much lower risk of infection and are able to return to their home or hotel within a few hours after the procedure.

As you continue researching your back surgery options, we encourage you to reach out to Laser Spine Institute to learn more about the benefits of our minimally invasive spine surgery. Contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.