Finding Back Pain Relief with Spinal Surgery

When other, non-invasive treatments have not sufficiently lessened the pain, many patients ultimately find back pain relief with spinal surgery. An experienced neurosurgeon can target the cause of your pain and perform one of several types of surgical procedures that are typically effective and carry relatively low risk.

Advantages of spinal surgery

Your surgeon may recommend spinal surgery as a treatment when the potential advantages outweigh the risks for you. What are these advantages?

A more permanent solution

When a procedure is successful, it typically either resolves the problem permanently or improves it substantially.

Significant back pain relief

Once you have recovered from the surgery, you may be able to reduce the number of pain meds you take, or you may not need them at all.

Improved mobility

Pain doesn’t just hurt; it immobilizes you. Spinal surgery can restore motion you haven’t had in some time.

Improved mood

People suffering from chronic back pain often don’t realize until the pain goes away how much it affects their overall disposition. You may be surprised how much better you feel emotionally.

Improved physical health

After surgery and physical therapy, you’ll have the ability to become more active, resulting in better health.

Resume a sense of normalcy

If back pain has disabled you to the point of disrupting your life (work, play, etc.), surgery can help you return to your normal life.


Potential disadvantages of spinal surgery

Of course, it’s important to be aware of the risks that may result from spinal surgery — however rare they may be. This includes:

Elevated risk

While back surgeries are considered low-risk compared to other procedures, any surgery is invasive and comes with some level of risk. Complications may include infection at the incision site, reaction to anesthesia or other medicines, bleeding/clotting and nerve damage. Your surgeon will discuss any specific risks involved with your procedure, as well as ways to minimize the risk.

More down time

Surgery usually requires some post-op rest and recovery. Depending on the procedure, recovery time may range from a few days to a few weeks.

Restricted mobility

While you’ll most certainly have more mobility than you had when you were in pain, some procedures (like spinal fusion) may cause some restrictions of movement overall. You may not be able to bend a certain way anymore because two or more of your vertebrae have been fused together, for example.

Reduced spinal stability

If your surgery requires a removal of a piece of bone or tissue (for example, a laminectomy), your spine may not be as stable in that area. If this happens, your surgeon may need to perform a spinal fusion to stabilize it.

 

At Polaris Spine and Neurosurgery Center, we exhaust all non-invasive treatments for back pain first, recommending surgery only as a last resort or in extreme situations. However, if you’re a good candidate, spinal surgery can provide lasting pain relief so you can get on with your life. To learn more, call us today at 404-256-2633.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Keeping Our Patients Safe During COVID-19

With guidance from the Center for Disease Control and local public health departments, our Outpatient Surgery Center (OSC) has taken great care to create its own set of guidelines to promote a safe option for surgical intervention.

4 Myths About Regenerative Injection Therapy

In recent years, regenerative injection therapies (like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma, or PRP) have become very popular as treatment options for back, spine and sports injuries.

Are X-Rays Enough to Diagnose A Spine Injury?

These days, when someone suffers an injury or experiences pain in their spine, neck, back or joints, the default assumption is, “I’ll just get an X-ray, and that will tell me what’s wrong.” However, an X-ray is just one of several types of medical imaging

Patient's Guide to Sports-Related Spine Injuries

For athletes, sports injuries are a fact of life. When you’re depending on your body to push it to the finish line and meet extraordinary physical goals, there’s bound to be some collateral damage along the road.