A spinal operation is generally the last resort for treating painful neck and back conditions. Many physicians recommend a series of conservative treatments like physical therapy, steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medication, as well as other methods, before spine surgery is considered.
These conservative treatments aim to relieve the symptoms of the most common spine conditions, such as:
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Arthritis of the spine
- Bone spur
- Degenerative disc disease
For many patients, conservative treatments are effective in reducing the pain and symptoms commonly experienced with these conditions. However, if several months of treatment does not relieve the pain, your doctor may recommend a spinal operation as a more precise treatment option.
How to prepare for a spinal operation
The best way to prepare for a spinal operation is to research and ask questions. There are different types of spine surgeries available for different conditions, and variations of those procedures from traditional open neck or back surgery to minimally invasive spine surgery. To make a confident decision about your spinal operation, you should have an understanding of the treatment options available to you.
Every surgery comes with potential risks and benefits, and it’s important to be aware of them before choosing the type of spinal operation for your needs. For example, traditional open neck and back surgery holds many disadvantages, like a significantly higher risk of complication and longer recovery time^ than minimally invasive spine surgery.
Types of spinal operations available
The type of spinal operation you receive will depend on your spine condition and overall medical history. Spine surgery centers like Laser Spine Institute offer several types of minimally invasive spine procedures that treat specific conditions that may develop in the neck or back.
Some of the most common minimally invasive spine surgeries include:
- Discectomy — This procedure is used to treat a damaged disc in the spine, like a herniated disc or bulging disc, as well as degenerative disc disease.
- Facet thermal ablation — This procedure is used to treat arthritis of the spine (osteoarthritis).
- Foraminotomy — This procedure is used to treat foraminal stenosis.
- Laminotomy — This procedure is used to treat spinal stenosis that is sometimes caused by bone spurs and other changes in the spine.
There are several other procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute to treat different spine conditions and their severities. For more information about the benefits of our minimally invasive procedures and the types of spinal operations we offer, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.