Anyone who is suffering from Back Pain, Neck Pain, or Sciatica knows that it can be terrible and very severe. For many people, this pain becomes chronic or gets so bad that they would be willing to do just about anything to relieve it. And that often leads them to consider surgery. But before making a decision, there is a lot to consider and you need to make sure it is the absolute right choice. Here are some important facts you NEED to consider about spinal surgery!
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The decision to go under the knife is a very difficult and personal one to make. Sometimes when a person's back pain has gotten extreme it may seem like the only option left. Obviously there are risks involved in surgery of any kind. But if you are considering surgery, there are many factors you should think about before making a final decision:
- It is often only a temporary solution. For instance, when someone undergoes a fusion surgery to relieve pressure on a damaged disc, it relieves the pain that disc was causing. However, this actually increases the pressure on the discs above and below the fusion, which often causes those discs to fail much faster, and can lead to more surgeries in the future.
- Experts disagree on the success rates for back surgery. In many cases, even a successful back surgery may not provide a better outcome than other non-invasive treatments.
- The surgery might fail. Many times people go under the knife and it does not help their pain at all, and sometimes even makes it worse.
- There is an amount of recovery time required, which some people might not be able to do. Also they may still have to do treatment such as physical therapy even after the surgery.
- Surgery is expensive!
There are also specific risks involved with surgery on the spine. While these risks are rare, they still need to be considered before making a decision. They can include:
- Infection, which can require another surgery to get rid of
- Nerve root damage at the spine
- Postoperative instablilty
- Bowel or bladder incontinence
- A cerebrospinal leak, which can occur during surgery if a dural sac is cut by mistake
- Paralysis (this is extremely rare)
For some people, surgery may seem like the only option available. Just be sure you know everything you can about it before making a decision!
At the Illinois Back Institute we strive to educate everyone as much as possible about their back pain and sciatica, because it is proven that the more people know about their problem the more likely they are to eliminate it!
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