When is back surgery a good idea?

When is surgery a good idea if you are suffering from back or neck pain? This question isn’t always easy to answer. Everyone’s situation is unique — the spine condition you’re suffering from, the intensity of your symptoms, your personal characteristics and medical history and other factors might affect the decision as to whether surgery is right for you.

A variety of conditions and risks can cause neck or back pain, such as aging, natural wear and tear, injury, or degenerative spine conditions — including spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, and other degenerative disc diseases.When discussing surgery with your doctor, it’s likely he or she will recommend other treatment options first..

Other options for treatment

Back and neck pain are issues that many people will deal with at some point in their life, but that doesn’t mean everyone suffering from this pain needs surgery. In fact, many nonsurgical treatments are often effective in easing the pain, weakness, numbness, and other symptoms typical of spinal conditions. Here are a few of the conservative treatment options available for you to consider before seriously pursuing back surgery:

  • Pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Exercise
  • Stretching and strengthening
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Homeopathic remedies

Your physician can help you find the right treatment plan that works with your symptoms and medical history. You should always consult your doctor before starting or changing a treatment for neck or back pain.

The next step

If you attempt these nonsurgical methods for several months but they are not providing sufficient pain relief, you may need to discuss surgical options with your doctor. When you’ve exhausted all other avenues and your symptoms are causing a severe decrease in your quality of life, surgery may be your best option for pain relief.

Minimally invasive alternatives

The decision to undergo spinal surgery is an extremely important and potentially difficult one to make. Traditionally, open back surgeries to treat neck and back pain have required: a large incision in the patient’s neck or back, disruption of neck or back muscles to provide access to the patient’s spine, and long and exhausting recovery following the procedure.

However, the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute can help you rediscover your life without back pain. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer, more effective alternative to traditional spine surgery and provides many advantages, such as: small incisions, lower risk of infection and complication, performed on an outpatient basis, and shorter recovery periods.§

To learn more about in the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact us today. You can speak to a Spine Care Consultant and see if you may be a candidate for our procedures.