Why have surgery on your spine?

Well, you may not want to. The important thing is that you understand all of the scientifically proven or commonly accepted treatment options.

Almost everyone has problems with their neck or back (or both). In addition, the government and insurance companies pay doctors well to take care of spine problems. Therefore, many doctors advertise treatment for back or neck pain.

Many of these are gimmicks or unproven. Some are just other “cute” names for standard procedures. While you may be opposed to having surgery, neurosurgeons understand all of the acceptable treatment options for spine conditions. A good neurosurgeon will help you understand the pros and cons of all treatment options.

A good neurosurgeon will help you and your primary doctor exhaust non-surgery treatment options before offering you the option of surgery. He or she will then help you clearly understand the pros and cons of having surgery on your spine.

In most cases, surgical treatment is an option that you should decide on for yourself. Don’t let a doctor or family member tell you what to do. There are few conditions for which a surgeon should tell you that you “must” have surgery. This is usually to avoid permanent damage to the spinal cord. Be wary of a surgeon trying to convince you to have surgery. Don’t hesitate to get one or more other opinions if you have concerns.

When all acceptable non-surgical treatments have failed, most patients have excellent results from spine surgery and the risks are low. In most cases, the procedure can be done with a less invasive technique. You should find a surgeon skilled in minimally-invasive techniques who uses them routinely in his or her practice. There is no reason these days to have large, painful incisions or to stay in the hospital for more than a day or two.

Please, explore this website to learn more about non-surgical options and minimally-invasive surgical treatment for your spine condition.