Common Reasons for Spine Surgery

Serious, long-lasting back pain is the main reason that some people are compelled to undergo spine surgery. However, because of the tremendous risk involved, it should never be considered unless the patient’s symptoms cannot be relieved with less drastic treatment.

What You Should Know

At the same time, note that back pain can be a sign of a serious medical problem that could result in a lifelong disability, and most of the illnesses causing the pain are connected by the spinal cord. It performs the all-important task of distributing our thoughts and actions throughout our body from the brain. We can also become seriously disabled if the surgery is unsuccessful, and since that is the case, any decision related to this invasive procedure should always be thoroughly investigated and carefully planned.

When Surgery May Not Be Needed

If a spinal examination and various tests reveal that you have a slipped disc, tumors, or a similar problem, which may have a negative impact on your health and should be given prompt attention, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you must decide to have spine surgery at once. Instead, it would be in your own best interest to contact another physician in order to obtain a second opinion. If this additional consultation verifies that you should go ahead with the procedure, that is the time to take action since all other options will prove to be ineffective.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

This condition, which sometimes exists in older people, is frequently the reason for having spine surgery, and it is characterized by a wide-step gait and shuffling, bent-forward posture. Even in this situation, it is only recommended when more conservative treatment fails to provide relief, or major neurological problems, including loss of bladder and bowel function, are also present.

Although there are several methods available today for treating back pain, that doesn’t mean that you can adopt an extremely sever exercise regimen that could become the source of the problem in the future. Instead, remember that remember that you should never take unnecessary risks. In addition, remember that this type of surgery is always considered to be a last resort, and it should only be used when all other methods have failed.

Teresa Dahl

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2 thoughts on “Common Reasons for Spine Surgery

  • February 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Spine surgery should certainly never to be undertaken lightly and almost always as a last resort. It has such a capacity to make you worse as much as better.

  • January 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

    My surgery went fine sure I was sore and couldn’t do much for a couple weeks but it was worth it and my back sometimes hurts no and then but not nearly as much as it didn’t before I had surgery so I would go for it the only thing that will happen is you wont be aloud to turn and bend down for 6 weeks till it heals. Thanks!! @LISA WEST:)


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