Spondylosis treatment: when to consider surgery

Spondylosis can cause a range of symptoms that can interfere with your quality of life, and if you’ve been diagnosed with this condition, you may be wondering if you will require spine surgery to find long-term relief.

What most people don’t realize is that in a large number of cases, spondylosis surgery isn’t required. Spondylosis is a general term referring to natural age-related changes to the spine and can indicate different specific conditions, such as degenerative disc disease or spinal arthritis. So, depending on the type and severity of your spinal degeneration, surgical intervention may not be required. Often, patients with spondylosis are able to find the relief they are looking for with a course of conservative treatment options. By having a better understanding of the factors that go into the decision to undergo spine surgery, you can work with your doctor to make a treatment decision that is best for you.

Considerations for spondylosis treatment

Of course, each patient’s situation is different, so when thinking about conservative treatments or spondylosis surgery, it’s important to keep some key points in mind, including:

  • The type of spinal degeneration present and the type of symptoms it causes. In many cases, ordinary age-related spinal degeneration causes localized pain and a reduced range of motion. However, if a condition such as a bulging disc or a bone spur ends up compressing the spinal cord or a nerve root, you may also experience pain, tingling and numbness that radiate along the path of the affected nerve. If these symptoms make it too difficult for you to participate in daily activities or new neurological symptoms start to develop, surgery may be an option if other treatments are not effective.
  • Your response to conservative treatment. Spondylosis symptoms can often be managed with conservative options such as medication and physical therapy or even alternative treatments like therapeutic massage. However, if your symptoms don’t respond well to conservative therapies, spondylosis surgery might be required for more meaningful relief.

Minimally invasive spondylosis surgery at Laser Spine Institute

If surgery is recommended for you there are several approaches that you may consider. For instance, there are a number of traditional open spine surgical procedures for spondylosis, although an overnight hospital stay and a long recovery time are typical. As an alternative, the surgeons at Laser Spine Institute specialize in minimally invasive options for spondylosis surgery, which are performed on an outpatient basis and often involve less recovery time^ than traditional open spine surgery.

To learn more, reach out to our dedicated team today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.