Spinal operations

Spinal operations are used to help relieve the pain in your neck and back caused by a spine condition. Conditions that cause pain in these areas can include bulging disc, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease and many others.

Typically, these spine conditions can be effectively treated with conservative therapies directed by your doctor. However, some patients may find little to no relief after several months of nonsurgical treatment and may be recommended for spine surgery.

What you should know about spinal operations

There is a variety of spinal operations available to treat common spine conditions. With all surgeries, there are potential risks and benefits that should be considered before deciding to undergo one. You should carefully research the potential risk of complications and recovery times for different kinds of spinal operations before having surgery.

It’s important to discuss with your doctor the types of spinal operations available to you. Your primary care physician should have an understanding of your condition and medical history to give you a personalized recommendation among the range of surgical options. Having these conversations can help you make a confident decision about the next step in your spine care treatment.

Types of spinal operations available

The two main types of spinal operations are traditional open spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery.

If you opt for any traditional open spinal operations, your hospital stay could be several days. Rest will be important to ensure that the large surgical site and incision does not become inflamed or infected. Your physician will also perform regular examinations of the surgical incision to ensure that there is no inflammation or infection. Because of the large, highly invasive incision, recovery time after this type of procedure is much longer than after minimally invasive spine surgery.^

If you feel that the increased risks and lengthy recovery process of traditional open spinal operations are not for you, the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute is an alternative that holds many advantages. Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.