When does surgical intervention become necessary for a degenerative spine?

Surgery for a degenerative spine condition is usually not considered until all nonsurgical treatment options have been exhausted. This is often because surgery carries potential risks and side effects that should be considered before it is recommended as a final treatment option. If you are recommended spine surgery, we encourage you to research the minimally invasive options available to you and read the information in the following article before deciding which type of surgery to undergo.

Try several combinations of nonsurgical degenerative spine treatment

Before considering surgery for degenerative spine conditions such as osteoarthritis or a herniated disc, make sure that your doctor has suggested the correct combination of nonsurgical treatments for your condition. Conservative treatments may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Low-impact cardiovascular training
  • Behavior modification training
  • Core-strengthening exercises
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy

No two cases are alike. What works for you may not work for someone else, which is why it often requires a bit of patience as you and your doctor find the right combination of treatments. Be sure to let your doctor or physical therapist know about any changes in your symptoms so your treatment plan can be modified, if necessary.

Minimally invasive degenerative spine surgery

Surgery for degenerative spine symptoms like pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness may become a valid option if discomfort persists or gets worse after extended nonsurgical treatment. If you’re considering surgery, we encourage you to seek a second opinion to confirm your original prognosis and to make sure no conservative treatment methods have been overlooked.

If surgery seems to be the best option for you, be sure to research the least invasive surgery methods to avoid higher risks of complication and infection. Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive spine surgery offers no lengthy recovery and is a safer and effective procedure compared to traditional open spine surgery.^

Our minimally invasive procedures are used to treat degenerative spine conditions. We offer minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures that have many advantages over traditional open spine surgery. Our procedures provide our patients with a streamlined experience, allowing them to avoid hospital-associated costs and return to the activities they love as quickly as possible.^

Laser Spine Institute has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain since 2005. To find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, reach out to us today to speak to a member of our dedicated team. We will provide you with a no-cost MRI review* so you can make a clear choice about the next step in your degenerative spine treatment.