Back Pain Relief Through Surgery

Surgery for back pain, in non-emergency situations, will often be considered only as a measure of last resort, due to the irreversible nature of the procedures, the long recovery times, and the high percentage of complications for certain types of procedures. Typically, patients will attempt more conservative therapies before a back surgery is considered such as OTC drugs and NSAIDS, icing, physical therapy, back exercises (e.g. Seated Toe Touches, Crunches, Pelvic Tilts), Manipulative Medicine, and physical therapy, before invasive treatments like back surgery will be considered.

That being said, what is medications, icing, exercises, and physical therapy don't ease your back pain? What if every treatment or combination of treatments fail to ease the intensity of your symptoms, or what do you do if your symptoms become progressively worse? Your next option, after other conservative treatments have failed, may be back surgery.



Though the decision to have back surgery, once it is made by you and your doctor, will involve you giving up complete control of your body to the doctor responsible for healing injured spine structures, you will be directly involved with the ultimate outcome of the surgery, through your faithfulness, or lack thereof, to a rehabilitation program afterwards, while recovering. Though the back surgery may be able to repair certain structures in some back surgeries, or take out damaged tissue in others, the patients will ultimately be responsible in how they recover. Following the back surgery, the patient will be put into a recovery program, first in a rehabilitative clinic, and then with a schedule of exercises to perform at home, to strengthen the muscles around the spine in order to achieve a lasting recovery. Patients who are faithful to the post-surgery physical therapy program will be much more likely to recover well from surgery, and to become back pain free, than those who are not.

Making a decision to have back surgery, and having a successful surgery and recovery, is not easy. Honestly, a high percentage of patients don't experience significant relief, even under the best of circumstances, including when the best doctors are performing the operation and when patients are true to the rehabilitative program as developed by their doctors. Though you may be in a significant amount of pain and may be anxious about doing something to feel better, it will be best to carefully consider and plan your options with yourself, your doctor, and your family. This is not a decision process you can and will be able to handle alone.

The most common surgeries: Back surgery is most commonly performed to correct or treat one of the following three medical problems: spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs. In this article, we will explore the most common back surgeries to treat these three main back problems. The most common types of back surgeries include: the discotomy, microsurgical discectomy, laminectomy, and spinal fusion. Some of the more modern surgical techniques that are more commonly in practice today include kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty. The discectomy and microdiscectomy is one of the more common back surgeries designed to relieve pain and nerve related symptoms caused by one or more herniated discs.