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The idea of spinal surgery may seem overwhelming and even scary, but it doesn’t need to be. Thanks to innovative techniques using cutting-edge technology, there are minimally invasive surgical treatments available that don’t carry the risks or long recovery of traditional open surgery. Finding relief from debilitating back or neck pain isn’t always easy. Before deciding that surgical treatment is the best option, you want to be sure you’re in the hands of a board-certified specialist.
While it may feel like you’re suffering in isolation, you are not alone. At Back Pain Centers of America, we have helped more than 30,000 patients find the relief they were looking for, and we’re ready to help you.
If you’re experiencing chronic neck or back pain, one of our minimally invasive surgical treatments may be right for you. Contact a Back Pain Centers of America patient coordinator now at [sc name=”patient_phone_number_dash”] and get matched with a spine specialist who can provide the personalized care you need!
Benefits of Surgical Treatment
The most obvious benefit of back surgery is relief from pain and other symptoms that often accompany spinal damage. The benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery include:
- A quicker recovery
- Being able to go home the same day in most cases
- Smaller incisions, usually under a ½ inch
- Minimal bleeding
- Low infection risk
Spine surgery can treat a variety of spinal conditions and back pain. Some of the common conditions that can be treated using minimally invasive spine surgery include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Pinched nerve
- Spinal stenosis
- Compression fractures
Preparing for Surgical Treatment
How you prepare for your back surgery will depend on the procedure. Make sure you consult your doctor before doing any of these. In most cases, you will be advised to do the following:
- Stop certain medications and supplements – Some medications and supplements may increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Inform your doctor of the medications and supplements you’re taking and stop taking them if advised by your doctor for the period advised before your back surgery.
- Fast for 6 to 12 hours – The time you will fast depends on the type of spine surgery you’re having. Follow the instructions provided to you by your doctor to avoid the postponement of your surgery.
- Arrange a ride home – Due to anesthesia medication, you likely will not be able to drive after your spine surgery and will need to arrange to have someone drive you home.
There are several different types of back surgeries available, depending on the conditions. Most minimally invasive back surgeries will begin with the administering of a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. Depending on the type of back surgery, one or two tiny incisions will be made, and a thin tube or needle will be inserted to allow the surgeon to visualize the area and locate damaged bone or cartilage. Damaged materials will be repaired or removed using a small instrument and/or laser, and the incision will be closed using a stitch or a thin piece of surgical tape.
After your back surgery, you will move to a recovery room where you will be monitored for a few hours before being discharged.
At Back Pain Centers of America, we offer the following surgical treatments:
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody
- Fusion (ALIF)
- Anterior/Posterior (360° Fusion)
- Axial Fusion
- Bone Fragment Removal
- Cervical Disc Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Discectomy
- Coflex ® Non-Fusion Interlaminar Stabilization ™
- Hardware Removal
- Instrumentation and Fusion
- Interlaminar Spacer
- Laser Spine Surgery
- Non-Fusion Alternatives
- Partial Inferior Facetectomy
- Percutaneous Discectomy
- Resection of Osteophytes
- Revision Surgery
- Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
- Scar Tissue Removal
- SI Joint Debridement
- Spinous Process Debridement
- Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody
- Fusion (TLIF)
- Decompression Pars Defect
- Decompressive Laminectomy
- Endoscopic Discectomy
- Endoscopic Foraminotomy
- External Foraminotomy
- Facet Ablation/Rhizolysis
- Facet Fusions
Recovering After Surgical Treatment
Minimally invasive surgical treatments offer the benefit of a quick recovery. For most, a return to an active lifestyle takes only 4-6 weeks. Pain can be well managed using over-the-counter pain medications and hot and cold packs.
Depending on the type of spinal surgery and your condition, physical therapy may be recommended to help with your rehabilitation and to prevent future back pain.
Your doctor will advise you as to when you can return to work and other activities.
Take the first step toward relief and contact Back Pain Centers of America today.
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