Is Spinal Surgery right choice for you?
If you have determined to undergo spinal surgery then there are many things to consider to make sure you are ready for the procedure.
You may be asked to stop medications and the habit of smoking- if you are a smoker and other routine habits before taking the surgery.
Though the surgery does not give remarkable improvement for everyone, the risk of surgery is low. But for some people it can be serious too.
The indication of disk problem depends on the area it is affected in the spine. Cervical neck or lower back are affected mostly. One will feel the sharp pain if the disk exerts pressure on spinal nerves. Some times pain can start at the time an injury has happened.
It is important to understand the pros and cons before you go for the procedure.
The advantages are mentioned below:
Increased activity and physical fitness, Productivity, back to work.
Complications during or after the surgery are less, so there is no need to worry if you have been advised to undergo the surgery.
- However general risks can include:
- Response to anesthesia and drugs.
- Infection and bleeding
- Blood clots
- Heart Attack and stroke
The risks may vary depending on type of injury. So it is highly recommendable to have open talk with your doctor before the spinal surgery and understand about the risk.
Types of Surgery : Spinal fusion and Laminectomy.
The most common surgery for back pain is Spinal fusion. In this surgery surgeon joins the vertebrae or spinal bones. This limits the the motion between the bones of spine. Fusion restricts the elasticity of nerves. The major risk of this surgery is incomplete fusion of spinal nerves.
In laminectomy a surgeon removes a part of bone or ligaments in the back. This will release pressure on spinal nerves which are causing pain.
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