A spinal operation is generally viewed as the last resort for treating painful neck and back conditions. Most doctors recommend a series of conservative treatments like physical therapy, steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medication before spine surgery is considered.
These conservative treatments aim to relieve the symptoms of the most common spine conditions, such as:
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Arthritis of the spine
- Bone spurs
- 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 do 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^ compared to 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. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a range of minimally invasive spine surgery to treat specific conditions that 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 uses a laser to treat joint pain and is typically performed in conjunction with other procedures.
- Foraminotomy. This procedure treats foraminal stenosis, or narrowing of the nerve pathways in the spine.
- Laminotomy. Treats 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, including our minimally invasive stabilization procedures, to treat a wide range of spine conditions by type and severity. 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 gladly provide you with a free MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.