Chronic low back pain treatment

Low back pain is a problem that millions of people deal with every day and it affects most people at some point in their lives. Chronic low back pain, which is usually defined as lasting three months or longer, can be extremely disruptive, making even simple tasks like grocery shopping or walking your dog into difficult ordeals.

Many patients living with chronic low back pain are eventually presented with surgery after exhausting conservative treatment options like medication and physical therapy. If this is your situation, it is important to have an understanding of what spine surgery involves and also to be aware of surgical options that take advantage of state-of-the-art technology and surgical techniques.

Back surgery is a serious matter

Back surgery has always been a serious matter because the spine is a critical structure to the human body. In addition to protecting the spinal cord, the spine also supports the upper body and allows for movement. Cutting the back open to access the spine can be disruptive to the supporting muscles and can also potentially result in nerve damage. Here are some more of the downsides often associated with a traditional open spine procedure:

  • Extended hospital stay
  • Risk of infection
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Long recovery period
  • Risk of failed back surgery syndrome

These issues are why doctors and patients alike have always viewed back surgery as a treatment of last resort.

Minimally invasive alternative

However, there is an alternative to traditional open back surgery. Advancements in medical technology now let surgeons access the spine with less disruption to the rest of the body. This minimally invasive approach to spine surgery means procedures can be performed through an incision less than 1 inch in length.

At Laser Spine Institute, we want to make minimally invasive spine surgery available to the many people who are suffering from chronic neck or back pain. To date, our team of board-certified+ surgeons has helped more than 75,000 patients get their lives back.

For a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.