When to consider surgery for a degenerative spine condition

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 recommended as a final treatment option.

If you are recommended spine surgery, we encourage you to research the minimally invasive options available to you before deciding which type of surgery to undergo.

Try several combinations of conservative treatment

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

  • Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Stretching
  • Strength training
  • Low-impact cardiovascular training
  • Behavior modification training
  • Corticosteroid injections

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 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.

If symptoms won’t go away

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. Currently, minimally invasive spine surgery is the least invasive form of spine surgery and is a safer and effective procedure compared to traditional open spine surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive procedures are used to treat degenerative spine conditions. We offer minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures that are often the clinically appropriate first choice for addressing degenerative spine conditions over traditional open spine surgery. We provide our patients with a streamlined experience, allowing them to avoid hospital – related costs and return to the lives they enjoy as quickly as possible.^

To find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, contact us today to speak to one of our Spine Care Consultants. We will provide you with a no-cost MRI review* so you can make a clear choice about the next step in your spine treatment.